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Nov 5, 2010 3:40 PM by Melissa Canone

Two Cameron Parish Schools Receive FEMA Funding to Repair, Rebuild

NEW ORLEANS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently announced more than $19.2 millionin federal aid for two schools in Cameron Parish.

This recent FEMA funding includes approximately $17 million to rebuild Johnson Bayou High School in Cameron, La. Storm surge flooding associated with Hurricane Ike destroyed the K-12 school. The new permanent facility, which is currently under construction, is expected to have 100 students once finished.

Additionally, approximately $2.1 millionwill go toward repairs at Hackberry High School in Hackberry, La., which is attended by 210 students. The K-12 school suffered damages in both hurricanes Rita and Ike. This amount funds repairs to the school's rodeo facility and damages to its main classroom building. FEMA has obligated a total of approximately $5.6 millionto Hackberry High School for hurricanes Rita and Ike.

"These funds mark another step forward for Cameron Parish's recovery from Rita and Ike," said Acting Executive Director of FEMA's Louisiana Recovery Office Joe Threat. "FEMA is proud to help Johnson Bayou High School build a brand new school and Hackberry High School make essential repairs so that these facilities can continue developing future leaders for their communities."

In total, FEMA has obligated approximately $82.8 millionto Cameron Parish School Board recovery projects for hurricanes Rita and Ike.

"We look forward to the ongoing partnerships with FEMA and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to make these two schools whole again," Stephanie Rodrigue, superintendent of Cameron Parish Schools, said. "The students, faculties and staffs are tremendously resilient, but we look forward to normal school settings."

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