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St Bernard Parish Library FEMA Funds

St Bernard Parish Library FEMA Funds

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More Than $3.6 Million in PublicAssistance for St. Bernard Parish PublicLibrary
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=28382Release Date: July 31, 2006Release Number: 1603-517» More Information on Louisiana Hurricane Katrina » More Information on Louisiana Hurricane Rita  NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Many residents of St. Bernard Parish lost a valuable source for research and reading when the St Bernard Public Library was damaged by HurricaneKatrina. But help is on the way.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that more than $3.6million in funds have been made available for the library’s destroyed and damagedcontents and for building repairs.Located in the town of Chalmette, at 1125 E. St. Bernard Highway, the library buildingwas inundated with four feet of standing water from Katrina. The funds will be used toreplace books, multi-media equipment, computers, and office and library supplies. “Thefunds will help us replace what was lost,” said St. Bernard Parish Chief of Staff CharlieReppel. “We are on our way to returning to normalcy.”A National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) claim settlement of more than $431,000 will provide additional resources for materials and repairs to the property.Jim Stark, FEMA’s Director of the Louisiana Transitional Recovery Office said,“Libraries add to the vitality of a community. The restoration back to an operating librarywill be another step in the recovery of St. Bernard Parish.”Reppel said the library has also received a donation of a bookmobile from New Bern, North Carolina. “We are very pleased to have it. It is in excellent shape and it has beenrefurbished,” he said.St. Bernard Parish sent two drivers to North Carolina to pick up the donated bookmobile,which arrived in Louisiana last week.Help was literally on the way when a semi-truck driver who had a load coming toLouisiana from Virginia offered to transport a donation to the library of 2,500 books freeof charge. Many will go onto the bookmobile. It will be routed through neighborhoodsand to schools on a schedule, allowing library card-holders to check out and return books.FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident.

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