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Hurricane Isaac costs U.S. state over 100 mln USD

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11:26, September 07, 2012

HOUSTON, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Louisiana state agencies have spent more than 100 million U.S. dollars to deal with Hurricane Isaac and the costs are expected to rise, a local news website said Thursday.

The costs, estimated at 116 million U.S. dollars, include money used to mobilize the National Guard, set up shelters, provide food and water to hurricane-affected residents as well as pay state employees for storm response, according to the website NOLA.com.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was expected to cover at least 75 percent of the costs, and the state has to cover the remaining 29 million dollars in costs, said the report.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is reportedly asking the federal government to cover a larger portion of the costs. Hurricane Isaac struck the Gulf Coast last week, dumping heavy rain across southern Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and pushing in storm surge that led to widespread flooding.

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