Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa was on hand at the GOHSEP offices in Baton Rouge when Governor John Bel Edwards announced the distribution of a total $220 million in flood hazard mitigation funds from FEMA. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) dollars can be used to improve drainage, elevate homes, and buy out homes that have flooded repeatedly.

“I wish it was more, but any assistance we get to alleviate flooding is welcomed,” Matassa said. “This will go a long way in preventing future floods.

Before receiving any funds, the parish must submit its project ideas to FEMA for approval.

“We're looking at projects that will give us the most bang for our buck, where the most residents live,” said Matassa, adding that he wants to focus on improving drainage.

Governor Edwards stated that if all went well, the money could start arriving within three to four months.

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