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FEMA releasing $9 million more to Louisiana

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BATON ROUGE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Two State of Louisiana agencies will receive a combined $9 million to reimburse expenses incurred protecting residents during Hurricane Isaac, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Monday.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will receive $7,087,544 in Public Assistance grant funds to help cover the costs of transporting evacuees to shelters, as well as other emergency protective measures taken during the hurricane and its aftermath. The Louisiana National Guard will receive $2,025,996 to reimburse it for overtime costs incurred for personnel carrying out emergency protective measures. 

 "The National Guard and Transportation Department provided essential services for Louisianians in harm's way before, during and after Hurricane Isaac," said Federal Coordinating Officer Gerard M. Stolar of FEMA. "The Public Assistance grants will help these agencies fulfill their missions to protect the safety and well-being of Louisianians."

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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