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Feb 28, 2013 9:18 AM by AP

FEMA gives $1.5M to St. John Parish in Isaac aid

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - St. John the Baptist Parish will get a $1.5 million federal grant to reimburse the cost of repairing sewer and storm pumps damaged by slow-moving Hurricane Isaac.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday the money is part of the nearly $215.6 million in total public assistance recovery dollars approved for Louisiana since the Aug. 29 disaster declaration.

Isaac made landfall Aug. 28 and caused significant flooding in southeast Louisiana, hitting St. John and Plaquemines parishes especially hard. Sewer and storm pumps at 12 locations required repair after the hurricane.

Gerard M. Stolar, FEMA's federal coordinating officer, says the grant will help place the parish in a better position to withstand the next storm.

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