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Mar 22, 2012 7:25 AM by AP

Landrieu: La. get $63.5M for hurricane recovery

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says Louisiana is getting about $63.5 million in hurricane recovery funds that will be spent on levees, the Port of New Orleans, raising homes and to fix other damage from hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Landrieu said Wednesday that $55 million will go to the state's Office of Community Development, a state agency that hands out money to homeowners who want to raise their homes to avoid the threat of flooding and other steps to reduce risk.

Also, the Port of New Orleans is getting about $4.8 million for road and pavement facilities and the East Jefferson Levee District is getting $1.7 million to strengthen levees on Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River.

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