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Friday, July 28, 2017

New Orleans bilks feds for $2 billion in Hurricane Katrina repairs: Audit

New Orleans is taking federal taxpayers for a $2 billion ride in Hurricane Katrina spending, the inspector general who oversees the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday, concluding that the city is charging the government for repairs that had nothing to do with the 2005 hurricane and flooding that devastated the Gulf Coast.

Auditors said New Orleans and FEMA struck a deal in 2015 to pay for sewage, water and street upgrades to a system that was already struggling before Hurricane Katrina, and whose repairs should have been born by local taxpayers, not the federal government.

“This massive investment — representing almost $5,200 for every man, woman, and child in New Orleans — while perhaps sorely needed, is not eligible for a FEMA disaster grant because there is no evidence that the damage was caused as a direct result of the storms,” Acting Assistant Inspector General John E. McCoy II said in the new report.

In order to get emergency grant money to pay for repairs, municipalities are supposed to prove that the damage was directly caused by the disaster.

In the case of New Orleans, though, about two-thirds of the city’s water mains were at least 40 years old at the time of the Hurricane, and some 30 percent of them were nearly a century old and “leaking badly” well before the storm, Mr. McCoy said.



Anonymous said...

Thanks obama your legacy is still coming down.

Anonymous said...

Did you expect anything different ?

Anonymous said...

Giving Haiti billions for an earthquake that happened 12 years ago is major bilking.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, delayed until after the people who needed it most were forced to leave anyway. Just like the Sandy money that took years to be delivered to Crisfield.

Anonymous said...

All the people who got free new homes from Sandy money , when their houses were falling apart before Sandy