The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported the approval of two grants totaling $6.3 million to the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District for emergency repairs to the Louisiana Superdome and Arena. The force of Hurricane Katrina’s 150 mph winds ruptured and ripped the outer membrane of the Superdome leaving it exposed to serious damage by rain and debris.
“The Louisiana Superdome has hosted six Super Bowls, four Final Fours, and countless other events. Its rehabilitation is essential to New Orleans’ recovery. We are working with state and city officials to reopen the Superdome,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Scott Wells. “This grant is part of our continued effort to bring New Orleans back.”
These FEMA funds will be used for the removal of standing water and water-related damaged items.
Rainwater penetrated the membrane and insulation and all levels of the facility, including ramps, hallways, seating areas, offices, suites and the playing field. Funding is also being provided to abate any mold or other microbial growth started when the facility experienced light flooding.
To date, FEMA has obligated more than $1.2 billion in Public Assistance funding for the state of Louisiana.
FEMA is working with the applicant on permanent restoration work of the damaged facility.
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