- Associated Press - Friday, July 25, 2014

BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) - The federal government has canceled $5.9 million in disaster loans given to Plaquemines Parish after Hurricane Katrina.

Parish President Billy Nungesser says the action was taken by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Nungesser says the parish now must repay the remaining $3 million of $8.9 million in special community disaster loans it received after the 2005 storm.

Nungesser says he plans to try to get the remaining amount forgiven.

Congress last year changed the formula FEMA uses to determine whether loans can be forgiven, and loans to many local government agencies in the region have been canceled in whole or part.

The hurricane made landfall in Plaquemines Parish the morning of Aug. 29, 2005.

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