Sept 11, 2018
BATON ROUGE – Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards awarded more than $41 million to six coastal parishes for flood-resilience improvement projects developed through Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptions for Future Environments (LA SAFE). LA SAFE is an innovative effort championed by Gov. Edwards to create and implement adaptations to ongoing coastal land loss and rising seas.
“Along with our Coastal Master Plan and the new Louisiana Watershed Initiative, these award-winning LA SAFE projects represent the cutting-edge in our efforts to proactively plan for the reality of our state’s increasing vulnerability to weather events and coastal erosion,” Gov. Edwards said. “In an era of escalating risks, now is the time to help our communities develop future sustainability and resilience.”
The ten projects that will receive a total of $41,016,000 in Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funding are as follows:
Funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s National Disaster Resilience Competition and spearheaded by the state’s Office of Community Development in partnership with the Foundation for Louisiana, the LA SAFE process included grassroots, community-based planning which involved 71 individual public outreach and engagement events over a nine-month period during the past year. Nearly 3,000 residents from six coastal parishes participated.
For more information on the individual projects or the LA SAFE process, please visit the LA SAFE.