Plaquemines Parish Receives Hurricane Isaac FEMA Grant to Repair Damaged Roads

Helping with its continuing Hurricane Isaac recovery efforts, Plaquemines Parish will receive a $1.28 million FEMA grant to repair roads damaged from the storm, FEMA announced on Monday. Between Aug. 26 and Sept. 10, Hurricane Isaac produced high winds, rain and flooding that hit Plaquemines particularly hard.

“Severe, slow-moving storms like Hurricane Isaac not only can cause tremendous damage to people’s homes and businesses, they can affect the infrastructure people depend on every day,” said FEMA coordinating officer Gerard M. Stolar. “Reimbursing the repair of the levee road puts the parish one step closer to normalcy after Hurricane Isaac.”

FEMA states that the elevated roadway on the parish’s secondary levee required repairs after the water receded, and that the FEMA Public Assistance grant, totaling $1,280,209, helps reimburse those repair costs.

The newly obligated funds are a portion of the $195.5 million in total public assistance recovery dollars approved for the state since the Aug. 29 federal disaster declaration for Isaac, FEMA announced on Monday. Plaquemines has received about $75 million.

Once FEMA reimburses the state of Louisiana it is the state’s responsibility to manage the funds, which includes making disbursements to local jurisdictions and organizations that incurred costs.
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Nungesser gives State of Parish Address to PABI

“We should be able to get the Pointe-a-la-Hache ferry landing open to light traffic within 1 to 2 weeks,” said Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser during his January 23 State of the Parish Address at Bayou Barriere Golf Club.

Speaking to the charges from residents and councilmen at the January 10 PPC meeting that the ferry closure was a calculated attempt to keep the Pointe-ala-Hache courthouse from being rebuilt, Nungesser said that immediately after receiving notification from the state that the landing must be closed, he got his contracting
firm working on a temporary solution.

“The courthouse has been voted on by the people, and I will build it where it needs to go, to a reasonable size.”

The recent closure of the Pointe-a-la-Hache ferry spawned outrage from parish residents and the Plaquemines Parish Council, at the January 10 PPC meeting.

The administration issued a press release on January 9 stating that Department of Transportation and Development has deemed the ferry landing unsafe and has ordered Plaquemines Parish to close it immediately.

Several dozen Eastbank residents voiced concerns that the closure of the ferry was cutting them of from basic necessities like a medical center and grocery store—
once a 15 minute ferry ride to Port Sulphur and now 45 minute drive upriver to St. Bernard Parish.

“Many of our residents in this area are on fixed income; this is hard,” said Eastbank representative P.V. Griffin.

Quentin Washington, an Eastbank resident and Parish employee who commutes to Homeplace everyday, said the ferry closure is costing him an extra $40 per trip.

With Billy Nungesser’s January 23, 2013 State of the Parish address, he is reversing his previous statements regarding the durability of the ferry and speaking to the future with regards to keeping the ferry open to “light traffic.”  Residents of Plaquemines Parish are getting a reprieve both financially and as a matter of convenience.

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Rendez-Vous Des Cajuns – February, 2013


Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve
Rendez-Vous Des Cajuns

Prairie Acadian Cultural Center
250 West Park Avenue
Eunice, LA 70535

At Liberty Theater next door to center. Live Cajun and zydeco music.

Saturday, 6:00PM
February, 2013

Call the Theater at 337-457-7389 for Ticket Information.


Battle of New Orleans Talk – February, 2013


Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve
Battle of New Orleans Talk

Chalmette Battlefield and Chalmette National Cemetery
8606 West St. Bernard Hwy.
Chalmette, LA 70043

Discover 1815’s Battle of New Orleans on the battlefield where it happened. Time is approximate; talk takes place when Creole Queen excursion boat arrives.

Tuesday – Saturday – February, 2013
This Is a Free Event.

Call 504-281-0510 or Visit Here to Learn More Information.

Wetland Walk – February, 2013


Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve
Wetland Walk

Barataria Preserve
6588 Barataria Blvd.
Marrero, LA 70072

Explore wild Louisiana on a ranger-guided walk through swamp and marsh.

Wednesday- Sunday – February, 2013
This Tour is Free.

Call 504-689-3690 ext. 10 or Visit Here to Learn More Information.