- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - A three-judge panel has denied Livingston Parish’s $59 million in claims against the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Hurricane Gustav cleanup costs.

“We have done everything I know to do, and everything possible, to try to get some satisfaction from the federal government, from this panel of judges, in order that we might get our citizens paid,” said Parish President Layton Ricks. “And I’m just very, very disappointed where we stand right now because, right now, it was zero across the board.”

The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1qsO0pG) reports the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals issued its ruling Monday. It follows a five-day hearing held in late May.

The panel ruled that the parish already received more money from FEMA than could be justified by the parish’s documentation of the work. By law, its decision is binding and cannot be appealed.

The ruling is the final stop in the parish’s five-year quest to reverse the course of former Parish President Mike Grimmer’s decision in May 2009 to halt cleanup and request an audit of the work.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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