Baton Rouge: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Monday announced it had provided an additional $35 million in federal disaster assistance grants to Louisiana school campuses damaged during the August floods, enabling many of them to reopen for students.
The grants, made available through FEMA's Public Assistance program, were provided to help flood-affected school communities pay for the removal and cleanup of flood damage on their campuses and for temporary facilities and equipment. The funds will also help relieve some of the stresses endured by students, faculty and staff during their temporary arrangements.
The additional grants come after a $17.5 million grant was awarded to Livingston Parish to eliminate health and safety hazards in damaged schools and to expedite the return of thousands of students to classrooms there.
To date, FEMA has provided nearly $53 million to Louisiana schools damaged during the floods, and the state and the agency continue to review ways to help.
For more information on FEMA's assistance, including a list of all recent grants that have helped affected schools, click here.