DENHAM SPRINGS — Nearly 100 people gathered to hear Congressman Garret Graves at the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce’s general meeting May 31.

Graves talked about bills to eliminate duplication of benefits regulations that prevented many residents affected by flooding from receiving federal grants for their rebuilding efforts.

“If this law changes, it will really help for your information to already be in the database so funds can get to you,” Graves said. 

The deadline for completing the information is July 20. Visit restore.la.gov or call (866) 735-2001 to fill out the survey.

He also spoke about projects underway to improve roads such as Interstate 10 and other infrastructure such as the long-standing Comite River project, which Graves said is essential.

“We are asking people to reinvest in the area and help it thrive, but no one wants to reinvest if they are worried they will flood again," Graves said. "This project will help protect their time and effort.”

Graves represents Louisiana’s 6th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, and serves on the subcommittees of Highways and Transit and Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.

Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks spoke about parish recovery, including waterway cleanup to allow for better drainage as well as easier water rescue. The project is funded by RESTORE Act funds, and road overlaying set to begin in days has a 25 percent federal match, he said.