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Baton rouge about to receive $3.2 million from FEMA

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BATON ROUGE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - East Baton Rouge Parish will receive a nearly $3.2 million federal grant to reimburse the parish for removing and disposing of debris resulting from Hurricane Isaac, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Friday.

The FEMA Public Assistance grant, totaling $3,189,504, will help the parish pay for removing more than 355,800 cubic yards of debris from three public rights of way. A cubic yard of debris is about the size of a residential washing machine.

"Removing debris after a storm protects public health and safety," said Federal Coordinating Officer Gerard M. Stolar. "These funds support East Baton Rouge's efforts to eliminate hazardous debris and help return the parish to normal."

The grant covers the federal share of the parish's eligible costs for the work. Under a cost-sharing formula, FEMA reimburses the state for 75 percent of the total costs, while the state and/or applicant pay the remaining 25 percent.

The newly awarded funds are a portion of the $195.5 million in total Public Assistance recovery dollars approved for the state since the Aug. 29, 2012, disaster declaration.

Once FEMA reimburses the state of Louisiana it is the state's responsibility to manage the funds, which includes making disbursements to local jurisdictions and organizations that incurred costs.

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