Holly Beach, La., January 11, 2006 - What once was referred to as the "Cajun Riviera" is now a debris covered beach after Hurricane Rita struck in September 2005. FEMA Photo by Robert Kaufmann -

Storm surge, flooding relief part of $3.3B Southwest Coastal La. project

A recent agreement between the Army Corps of Engineers and the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority will fund engineering and design work to protect eligible homes and businesses in Calcasieu, Cameron and Vermilion parishes from storm surge and flooding.

The deal allocates $1.2 million in federal and state money to cover pre-construction, engineering and design costs. The corps and CPRA will be able to “identify and prepare approximately 50 to 100 eligible structures” for flood-proofing or elevation, according to a CPRA facts sheet. The cost-share is 65 percent federal and 35 percent state.

“This is great news for Southwest Louisiana,” said Laurie Cormier, assistant planner and coastal zone manager for the Calcasieu Police Jury. “This is the CPRA saying Southwest Louisiana is important to the entire state.”

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