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Livingston Parish awaits FEMA decision

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LIVINGSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Livingston Parish officials are weighing their options as they await the outcome of a $59 million arbitration case with the Federal Emergency Management Agency over Hurricane Gustav cleanup costs.

The parish and FEMA presented their arguments over unpaid bills during a weeklong hearing May 19-23 before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals in Washington, D.C.

The panel has 60 days by law to issue a ruling but can take longer in complex cases.

Parish President Layton Ricks told the parish council on Thursday he believes the parish's legal team put on a solid case with witnesses who were doing the day-to-day work of cleaning up the parish after the Sept. 1, 2008, storm.

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