Hurricane Gustav estimated expenditures by state government projected at $383.9 million, damage to state facilities over $100 million
Both figures are estimates and incomplete, do not factor in cost share, and apply to Hurricane Gustav only. Initial figures for Hurricane Ike are expected to be released later this week.
“Hurricane Gustav’s destructive force had a devastating impact on Louisiana, and the costs of preparing for and responding to the safety and needs of our citizens, as well as recovering from the damages caused by the storm, are substantial,” said Commissioner Davis. “While I am pleased that the state was on sound financial footing ahead of the storm, the sheer magnitude of the storm’s impact, especially on local communities, makes it essential that we receive the national recognition and resources necessary to recover fully.”
The state continues to seek 100 percent federal cost share for all categories of FEMA assistance.
Total estimated expenditures by state government are now projected to be $383.9 million. (Note: Figure does not include costs, unavailable at this time, for certain higher education institutions.)
A breakdown of certain expended or obligated Gustav-related costs to state government to date:
Separately, a preliminary estimated cost of damages caused by Gustav to state facilities is $100.4 million. Damages were reported to state facilities in 35 parishes.
While wind and flood damage affected hundreds of facilities, examples of facilities that suffered severe damage include:
Approximately 14 state parks sustained damage to buildings, boardwalks, and other facilities; and downed trees caused massive amounts of debris. The LSU Agriculture Center had 50 to 100 buildings damaged.
Separately, to date the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated costs associated with Gustav of $340.2 million. This figure includes certain costs associated with the Public Assistance Program (Category A through G), costs for Direct Federal Assistance and Technical Assistance provided by FEMA and other federal agencies, and costs of the Individual and Household Assistance Program, to include the Other Needs Assistance Program.
This figure does not yet include FEMA administrative costs which include their technical assistance contract, federal operation support assignments, inspection services and certain hazard mitigation technical assistance. Nor does it include certain costs associated with Category B, any damage to state infrastructure in Categories C-G, nor does it represent costs that will be incurred by other applicants (state, local, municipal and certain not-for-profits) for damages incurred.
For all the latest information on the recovery from hurricanes Gustav and Ike, residents are encouraged to visit emergency.louisiana.gov.