Of the nearly $7
billion that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved, or
obligated for Louisiana rebuilding projects, $3.5 billion has been paid
to local governments.
According to the
Louisiana Recovery Authority, FEMA has approved $482 million worth of
rebuilding projects in Plaquemines Parish. But because of bureaucratic
delays, funding shortages and disagreements about the real cost of
rebuilding, so far, Plaquemines has only gotten reimbursed $127
million. That’s just 26 percent of available funds.
has only been reimbursed 41 percent of available FEMA funds; St.
Bernard, 52 percent; Jefferson Parish, 58 percent; and St. Tammany has
been reimbursed for 67 percent of available funds.