A July 21, 2015 amendment to the major disaster declaration for Louisiana following the severe storms and flooding occurring May 18 through June 20 now includes Public Assistance (PA) for an additional parish – Rapides Parish.
Bossier, Caddo, Grant, Natchitoches and Red River parishes were also made eligible to receive PA funding by the July 13 major disaster declaration. PA funding helps repair or rebuild public infrastructure such as roads; bridges; water system; utilities; and schools. It also covers costs involving emergency protective measures and debris removal.
Supplementary funding under the PA program goes to the state and its agencies, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations. Under the program, FEMA obligates funds to the state for 75 percent of eligible costs, while the applicant covers the remaining 25 percent. The state forwards the federal funds to the eligible local governments or organizations that incurred costs.