Federal Assistance Approved for April Tornado

President Trump has approved a Federal Disaster Declaration for damage received in the April 25 tornado that struck Ruston, Mayor Ronny Walker told last night’s meeting of the Ruston City Council.

“At 3:30 today, I received a call from the Governor, and the President has signed the national letter – disaster letter – so that means we will be eligible for FEMA reimbursement on FEMA qualified expenses to the tune of 75%,” Walker said.

Walker thanked the staff who prepared the required paperwork, which was voluminous, he noted.

He also said that a contractor had been retained to clean up storm debris.

According to a press release from the Governor’s Office:

The approval covers Public Assistance (PA) costs in the impacted areas. The purpose of the PA Grant Program is to support communities’ recovery from major disasters by providing them with grant assistance for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures, and restoring public infrastructure. Local governments, states, tribes, territories, and certain private nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.

The request for Individual Assistance for homeowners is still under review.

See here the declaration DR-4439 at the FEMA website.

During the business part of the meeting, several housekeeping resolutions and ordinances were addressed, including the revocation of the dedication of Ball Park Road between South Farmerville and US 167.

A new access is being constructed in connection with the sports complex, and the old road right-of-way will become part of the complex.

Also, a resolution was approved to work with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development regarding I-20 lighting improvements at the Cooktown Road exit.

It is hoped that project will come to fruition within the next 2 to 3 years.

One Response to “Federal Assistance Approved for April Tornado”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    What action concerning Airport Authority Board?

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