ity expects final Gustav bill total to be $3.7 million

Deidre Cruse

The City of Plaquemine has hired a consulting firm to help the city recoup as much of its expenditures for Hurricane Gustav as possible, Mayor Mark A. “Tony” Gulotta said Monday.

Gulotta said he expects the final bill for the emergency to come in at $3.7 million, much of it in damage to the city’s electrical system. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will pay 25 percent of expenses – as long as they are eligible for reimbursement.

“There’s still not a whole lot of clear-cut rules on what they will allow and what they won’t allow,” the mayor said.

What is clear, he said, is that the reimbursement process is complicated.

For starters, city linemen have to identify every one of the 800 to 900 poles they worked on during the storm, the mayor said.