Plaquemines gets two-thirds of Katrina loan forgiven _lowres

Billy Nungesser

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA have canceled $5.9 million in disaster loans given to Plaquemines Parish after Hurricane Katrina, Parish President Billy Nungesser said Thursday.

That leaves the parish on the hook to repay the remaining $3 million of $8.9 million in special community disaster loans it received after the storm. Nungesser said he plans to try to get the remaining amount forgiven.

Congress last year changed the formula the Federal Emergency Management Agency uses to determine whether loans can be forgiven, and local government agencies throughout the region have had their loans partially or completely canceled.