WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced Louisiana will receive $40 million in flood mitigation funding from his bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will deliver the funding through Swift Current initiative grants, which expedite flood mitigation grant applications for communities after a natural disaster.
“This is an incredible step in making our communities more resilient and prepared for the next storm,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Louisiana families deserve the peace of mind in knowing their risk of flooding is greatly reduced or gone altogether. This funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill gives us that reassurance.”
Applicants must apply through FEMA’s Mitigation eGrants system. Grants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The deadline to submit an application is noon Eastern Time on Oct. 3, 2022. Click here for more information.
Cassidy worked to secure $3.5 billion in Flood Mitigation Assistance grants in the bipartisan infrastructure deal. This funding was included to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In fiscal year 2020, one-third of applications for this program came from Louisiana. Louisiana can expect to receive further flood mitigation funding from IIJA over the next five years.