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Southern U. locks horns with FEMA

November 4, 2008

At Southern University at New Orleans, hit hard by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, a battle between university officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has developed.

The university has petitioned FEMA for an estimated $94-million to relocate the campus to higher ground, at a site a half-mile away.

Because an agreement has not been reached with FEMA, the lower levels of many academic and other buildings — which were inundated in the post-Katrina flooding — remain gutted and unoccupied, while the upper floors house students and faculty members in classrooms and offices.

In order to obtain the federal funds, FEMA officials said the state must provide documentation from an expert in flood-plain management saying the buildings have been substantially damaged.

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Read the full story in the Chronicle of Higher Education.