The Federal Emergency Management Agency said last week that it has provided $7.1 billion in aid to state and local government rebuilding projects since hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit Louisiana in 2005.

The money has been obligated, said FEMA spokesman Andrew F. Thomas, which means it has passed through the approval process and is available. Of the $7.1 billion in obligated funds, more than $3.6 billion had been distributed by late September.

FEMA said $5 billion of the money has gone to the 11 hardest-hit parishes, including $2.3 billion to Orleans Parish, $1.2 billion to St. Bernard Parish, $500 million to Plaquemines Parish, $398 million for St. Tammany Parish, and $347 million for Jefferson Parish.

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