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WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today announced that FEMA has awarded $8.6 million to help Louisiana recover from the August 2016 floods.

FEMA awarded:

  • $5.9 million to Ascension Parish.
  • $2.7 million to Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School

“This money is vital to parishes that were devastated by the August 2016 floods,” said Sen. Kennedy.  “Ascension Parish sustained heavy flooding and incurred expensive cleanup work.  Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School took over a historic Baton Rouge campus only to be relocated by the flooding a week after starting classes.  This money will help them recover and rebuild.”

The flooding created extensive debris that Ascension Parish had to remove.  Cristo Rey was forced to relocate to a temporary location after losing its campus to the flood.

“Sen. Kennedy has worked hard to secure the flood recovery funding we need, and I appreciate his efforts,” said Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa. “Every penny counts in our mission to rebuild Ascension Parish and make our community whole again.”

“The August flooding forced us to relocate last year from the former Redemptorist High School campus just a week after starting classes.  Every single building on that historic campus was lost,” said Brian Moscona, principal of Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High.  “This funding will allow us to return to a campus that has been part of the north Baton Rouge community for more than 65 years.  I want to thank Sen. Kennedy for working with us to secure the funding that we need to recover.”