Landrieu Announces $3.5M for Highway Debris Removal Following Hurricane Isaac
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today announced $3.5 million in immediate federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for highway debris removal after a request by the State of Louisiana.
Sen. Landrieu called the funding, provided through the quick release portion of DOT's Emergency Relief Grant Program, a critical step in the recovery process. She pledged to keep fighting for improved flood protection for areas in the state that desperately need it.
"In the coming weeks and months my staff and I will be doing everything we can to help communities that were devastated by Hurricane Isaac. This money for highway debris removal is a critical step in helping the state reestablish travel so that residents and businesses can begin to function as normal," Sen. Landrieu said. "Hurricane Isaac has once again reinforced the vulnerability of communities outside the federal levee system. I am committed to pushing for improved flood protection so we can help prevent future devastation from natural and man-made disasters."
Funds from the program can be used for the removal of trees, mud, sand and other debris to reestablish travel on highways in Louisiana.
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