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New Orleans' homes that repeatedly flood get FEMA funds

Some on the National Register of Historic Places

June 16, 2019 - 12:07 pm

The city of New Orleans is using a $12.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to elevate more than 50 houses that have experienced repeated flooding.

According to a news release from the city, the money comes from FEMA's Flood Mitigation Assistance program.

The houses that will be raised have already been identified. Twenty-two of them are on the National Register of Historic Places.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the flood elevation money is a "huge win" for the city.

The city applied for the money on behalf of homeowners who have experienced repeated flood damage.

The Flood Mitigation Assistance program pays for projects that reduce or eliminate long-term risk of flood damage for buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program.

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