St. John Parish receives $9.85M to raise flood-prone structures

Published 8:55 am Wednesday, September 6, 2023

LAPLACE — A $9.85 million allocation to St. John the Baptist Parish is included in FEMA grant funding awarded to Louisiana.

The state will receive $207,331,570 in Flood Mitigation Assistance grants and Building Resilient Infrastructures and Communities (BRIC) grants from FEMA. St. John Parish is set to receive $9,850,000 in federal funding to raise flood prone structures as a means of preventing future flooding.

St. Charles Parish will also receive two grant allocations. One is a $1.34 million grant to elevate nine flood-prone/severe repetitive loss properties, while a separate $2.41 million grant will raise 14 flood-prone structures and reduce National Flood Insurance Program paid claims.

These projects have been selected by FEMA for further review and will receive funding once they pass all eligibility reviews, which include benefit cost analysis, technical feasibility, and environmental and historic preservation reviews.

“The best way to recover from a storm, is never to flood at all and this resilience building is what the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was created for,” said Dr. Cassidy. “This funding invests in mitigation to protect our communities, give families peace of mind, and significantly reduce the risk of flooding in the future.”

Louisiana can expect to receive further flood mitigation funding from Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act over the next three years.