AMITE — The Tangipahoa Parish Council on Monday approved three resolutions that will give residents living in flood-prone areas an opportunity to share in nearly $1.5 million available to raise houses.
The funds come from three grants: $341,880 through FEMA’s Flood Mitigation Assistance program for private properties damaged by repetitive floods; $993,590 through FEMA’s Hurricane Isaac Flood Mitigation Assistance program for private properties that repeatedly flood; and $150,000 through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for homeowners whose incomes are low to moderate.
Melissa Cowart, an accountant in the Parish President’s Office, said she does not know how many property owners will be eligible, but noted that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will determine through surveys of low-lying areas and other sources what properties are eligible.
The council also accepted two state grants that will aid in improvements to two busy thoroughfares: $115,000 to begin the planning and engineering studies on Wardline Road just west of Hammond; and $190,000 for the planning and engineering phase of improvements to Hoover Road, between Hammond and Ponchatoula.
The parish also has agreed to seek a $2.5 million noncash line of credit for construction of the Hoover Road improvements, with the parish providing up to $895,667 in match money.
Editor’s note: The article was changed on Jan. 29, 2014, to remove claim that residents must provide match to elevate their house.