WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today announced $1.7 million in disaster recovery grants for the replacement of 10 timber bridges in Cameron Parish that were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Rita. The funds are provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance Program.
"The devastation caused by Hurricane Rita severely disrupted the lives of residents in Cameron Parish," Sen. Landrieu said. "Today's necessary funds will help local business and transportation, allowing the area to continue to rebuild and recover. I am proud of this community's resilience and know that the return of these bridges is an important boost."
Today's grants include:
$1.7 million to Cameron Parish for the replacement of 10 timber bridges under its jurisdiction. Significant damage was caused to the bridges as a result of high winds, extensive flooding and storm surge due to Hurricane Rita. In some cases, the bridges were completely destroyed. Cameron Parish expects to complete construction by August 2013.
The following 10 timber bridge sites were constructed with treated wood piles over the W1-West Canal:
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