- Associated Press - Monday, October 3, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded Louisiana an additional $146 million to reimburse state and local governments for debris removal and other expenses related to this summer’s historic flooding.

The funding announced Monday by FEMA includes nearly $95 million for the state’s “Shelter at Home” grant program, which allows homeowners to stay in their homes while repairing damage from August’s floods.

Nearly $40 million of the federal funds will cover debris removal expenses in East Baton Rouge Parish, while more than $6 million will pay for debris removal expenses in Livingston Parish.

More than $5 million will reimburse expenses related to the National Guard’s flood response.

FEMA has awarded a total of $186 million in “public assistance” reimbursement money in Louisiana since floodwaters damaged tens of thousands of homes.

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