Jan 18, 2023 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that FEMA is awarding an additional $25,165,911.40 in federal grants for hurricane recovery efforts in Southwest Louisiana. 
The funding is made available through the major disaster declaration for Hurricane Laura (DR-4559-LA), which Congressman Higgins supported.
The reimbursement includes:

  • $3,127,639.55 to the West Calcasieu Port to replace the VLS facilities as a result of Hurricane Laura. The reimbursement is made at a 90% federal cost-share and authorized under Section 406 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.
  • $22,038,271.99 to the State of Louisiana -Dept. of Health and Hospitals to replace emergency protective measures in response to Hurricane Laura. The reimbursement is made at 100% federal cost-share and authorized under Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.

Much of our official Congressional work to advance recovery projects occurs behind the scenes. Funding finalization and the associated formal announcement of funding are the result of constant efforts over many months with FEMA and state and local stakeholders. All funding will be delivered to the State of Louisiana. The state is responsible for disbursing the funds to each sub-recipient.

A more extensive timeline of Congressman Higgins’ actions on hurricane recovery is available here.

Congressman Higgins was boots on the ground at the West Calcasieu Port after the hurricane to discuss post operations, ongoing disaster recovery, safe harbor capacity, and growth potential for the port. You can view his visit here
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:
“We continue to work with our local, state, and federal partners to deliver recovery resources. We have delivered over $3.8 billion in response to Hurricanes Laura and Delta. My office is dedicated to the recovery mission and will continue fighting for Southwest Louisiana.” 

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