Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, which impacted Louisiana on September 1 and 12, 2008:
- caused 51 deaths
- flooded 12,000 - 13,000 homes and damaged 150,000 - 300,000
- caused an estimated $8 - $20 billion in physical damage
- were responsible for more than $1 billion in public infrastructure damage
- caused $2 - $7 billion in housing damages, including $1.7 billion in uninsured losses.
Gustav severely impacted 43 parishes; Ike severely impacted 14.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development appropriated $1.09 billion in Community Development Block Grant funds to the State of Louisiana for recovery from hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The funds were provided in three separate appropriations:
- $438 million in November 2008;
- $620 million in June 2009; and
- $32.5 million in September 2010
OCD-DRU allocated more than half of the Gustav-Ike recovery funds to the 53 impacted parishes, a total of $562.5 million. Parishes have chosen their own housing, infrastructure and economic development programs, following federal guidelines and pending approval by the state's Review Committee. Outreach representatives within DRU, assigned to each parish, provide technical assistance and guidance with their menu of recovery programs.
Fifty-three (53) of the state's 64 parishes are CDBG-eligible, EXCLUDING only the following:
Learn more about OCD-DRU's Gustav-Ike Recovery Programs
View the Gustav-Ike Action Plans and Action Plan Amendments
View reports on all Program Appropriations, Allocations and Expenditures