Congressman Graves letter to Gov Edwards re Comite River Diversion Canal July 14, 2017 10 59 AM less attachment

FAQ#: 91 published 2-25-2019

From: Sawyer, Paul []

Sent: Friday, July 14, 2017 10:59 AM

To: Johnny Bradberry <>; Roland Dartez ( <>; John Gallagher <>; '' <>; Adam Knapp <>; '' <>;; '' <>; Michael Olivier ( <>; Don Pierson (Don.Pierson@LA.GOV) <Don.Pierson@LA.GOV>; '' <>; J ROGERS POPE (JRPOPE@COX.NET) <JRPOPE@COX.NET>; Sean Reilly ( <>; James A. Richardson ( <>; Lafayette ( <>; '' <>; Mike Strain ( <>;'' <>; Shawn Wilson ( <>; 'Jacqui Vines' <>; ''<>; 'Jimmy Durbin' <>

Subject: Cong. Graves letter to Gov Edwards re: Comite River Diversion Canal

Dear Members of the Restore Louisiana Task Force,

Please find the attached letter from Cong. Garret Graves to Governor John Bel Edwards regarding the Comite River Diversion Canal. If you have any questions or would like to speak to Cong. Graves about this or any other matter, please let us know.


Paul Sawyer | Chief of Staff
Office of Congressman Garret Graves (LA-06)

From: Adam Knapp <>
Sent: Friday, July 14, 2017 12:18 PM
To: Sawyer, Paul
Cc:; Johnny Bradberry; Shawn Wilson;;; Pat Forbes

Subject: RE: Cong. Graves letter to Gov Edwards re: Comite River Diversion Canal


I asked questions at today’s Restore LA meeting about this letter and project. Two specific questions.

1) Can CDBG and HMGP be used for the Comite project?
2) Can we as a Flood Task Force direct our infrastructure subcommittee to determine the steps necessary to provide funding to the Comite project, and set in motion those steps should we be able to reallocate the CDBG funds later, or allocate the available HMGP funds in creative ways to complete the project?

The answer to #1 from staff was, on HMGP, no, it cannot be used according to the FEMA letter from two months ago. The answer on CDBG was yes but no more than $250,000 in USACE project match, according to the Federal Register that set further restrictions on the funds above and beyond any guidance in the Congressional Appropriation language itself. There are other restrictions from HUD that currently may prevent the ability for CDBG to be used, including the LMI restrictions, a requirement that allocations are able to show their direct impact on homeowner recovery, and that the projects being funded will be fully completed with the sources of funds provided.

The answer on #2 was that it would seem like a good initiative for our Infrastructure subcommittee to dig into the costs for the project and the restrictions on funds to seek a creative solution, if there is one to be found. It would seem like the Infrastructure committee of the Task Force can evaluate how each of the restrictions on HMGP or CDBG could be removed or worked through to enable access to those sources of funds for this project. It would be useful also for the project to have an updated cost analysis, as well as a reevaluation of the cost-benefit of the project as new, non-USACE sources are considered/provided.

We also heard from Larry Bankston's presentation that $31M is identified toward the $45M need for the next major project component for utilities and bridge projects. That immediate gap of ~$15M might be a good starting point for our Infrastructure Task Force to work on sources of funds.

I think we may also need to consider federal action to change guidance for HUD and FEMA that they are given direction on the use of these two sources of funds as eligible for covering project costs in collaboration with USACE appropriations.

Thank you for your letter and push for this important project. I hope our committee can provide leadership toward its completion.
Adam Knapp
- - -
Adam Knapp
President and CEO, BRAC


Research Resources: 


Comment | Suggestion | Feedback

Does the Restore Louisiana OCD-DRU HUD Grant program offer a Scheduled Draw payment?

FAQ#: 451 published 5-14-2022 1 min. 32 seconds read


Secured Federal USDA Single Family Housing Repair Loans up to $40,000 for 20 years at 1 percent interest and Grants of up to $10,000.

FAQ#: 453 published 4-19-2022 1 min. 50 seconds read


How to help homeowners with their construction projects without requiring a license in Louisiana ยง309. Construction Management [Formerly ยง119]

FAQ#: 456 published 4-19-2022 3 min. 35 seconds read


What does disaster Unmet needs mean?

FAQ#: 457 published 4-18-2022 1 min. 25 seconds read


SBA Reconsideration Loan: My home was hit by Hurricane Sally I am in need of an SBA loan to repair my home. Please reconsider my denied application.

FAQ#: 459 published 4-18-2022 2 min. 44 seconds read


How to calculate your Wind, Snow, Tornado and Seismic risk assessment and apply that information to better home building.

FAQ#: 458 published 3-5-2022 2 min. 31 seconds read


How do I know if my mortgage is federally backed or federally secured? COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program Appeals Process.

FAQ#: 460 published 1-13-2022 2 min. 50 seconds read


Reconsideration of Declined Loan Applications SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

FAQ#: 235 published 4-23-2020 updated 1-4-2022 4 min. 48 seconds read


Reconsideration of Declined EIDL add Personal Financial Statement Disaster Programs SBA Form 413D (03-18) to your document list.

FAQ#: 403 published 8-6-2020 updated 12-31-2021 1 min. 54 seconds read


FEMA Resource for Substantially damaged homes

FAQ#: 384 published 4-25-2021 updated 12-31-2021 1 min. 27 seconds read