Sep 13, 2011 9:44 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

FEMA suspends street repairs in Jefferson Parish

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Jefferson Parish's plans to fix streets flooded during Hurricane Katrina six years ago have been put on indefinite hold.
Chris Cox, chief operating officer for Parish President John Young's administration, tells The Times-Picayune the federally-financed projects ran head-on into a disaster aid budget left strained by the recent spate of tornados, hurricanes, floods and an earthquake in other parts of the country.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency had promised $100 million for street repairs in March 2010 to former Parish President Steve Theriot as part of an out-of-court settlement.
Katrina's damage to Jefferson roadways has lingered in several neighborhoods. In October, Capital Projects Director Reda Youssef said the cost to fix all of the damaged roads could be as much as $400 million.


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