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Jindal: Isaac Costs To La. Government At $24M And Counting

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The cost of Hurricane Isaac continues to mount, forcing La. Gov. Bobby Jindal to request disaster relief funds from President Barack Obama. (credit: Getty Images)

The cost of Hurricane Isaac continues to mount, forcing La. Gov. Bobby Jindal to request disaster relief funds from President Barack Obama. (credit: Getty Images)

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal says the preparation and response to Isaac has cost state and local government more than $24 million so far.

And the costs are expected to continue climbing.

Jindal said Wednesday that state agencies have spent $14.7 million, at a rate of about $2.9 million a day. He says parish agencies have spent $9.5 million and counting.

“We expect that burn rate to increase significantly, especially as we start distributing commodities,” he said.

The Republican governor has asked President Barack Obama for a disaster declaration that could allow federal reimbursement for government agencies’ upfront storm costs, but that hasn’t yet been granted.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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