Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards traveled to Hammond, LA to announce the award of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) dollars to local entities in the Northshore area of Louisiana impacted by the 2016 floods. These grants will be used to fund local resiliency projects aimed at equipping local governments with the tools needed to better withstand natural disasters in the future.
“The ability to fund these local resiliency projects highlights why we have been fighting so hard for every penny of federal disaster relief money,” said Gov. Edwards. “The 2016 floods devastated widespread areas of the state and left many of our fellow Louisianans fighting to rebuild their homes and businesses. Local and state government will continue working just as hard as the people we serve to restore our communities and position them to better withstand dangerous natural disasters in the future.”
HMGP is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and is available statewide following a declared disaster to protect life and property from future risk. The governor has the authority to allocate the funds for eligible mitigation activities. To be eligible, a project must be cost-beneficial (the benefits over the life of the project must exceed the cost of the project) and provide a long-term solution. Specifically these funds are used to reduce future flood losses through activities such as elevating floodprone structures, improving drainage or providing greater flood protection.
Gov. Edwards directed the following HMGP funds to parishes throughout the Northshore area: