Jindal awards $870,000 to Jeff Davis communities

by Brandon Richards

Governor Bobby Jindal awarded eleven grants, totaling $870,000 to communities in Jefferson Davis Parish. Most of the money will be used for hurricane recovery efforts, stemming from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

"After Gustav and Ike we vowed to help communities get back on their feet as quickly as possible," Jindal said. "In order to cut through the red tape that often holds up the recovery process, we chose to distribute these funds directly to folks on the ground, so they have the flexibility to make their own decisions about how to rebuild and get prepared for future storms."

Part of the grant money will also be used for hazard mitigation and infrastructure improvements.

Jeff Davis Parish received a $334,449 Community Development Block Grant, as well as a $289,493 Harzard Mitigation Grant to help prepare for future hurricanes.

The governor award Local Government Assistance Program grants to five local governments, including $66,000 to the Jeff Davis Police Jury to repair bridges, $25,000 to Jennings to install fire hydrants, $15,000 to Fenton for sewer equipment, $15,000 to Lake Arthur to improve Lake Arthur Park and Beach and $15,000 to Welsh to fix its drainage system.

Jindal also awarded four Coummunity Water Enrichment Fund grants to Fenton, Jennings, Lake Arthur and Welsh. The money will be used to improve community water systems.

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