The White House announced Thursday it will provide $2.5 million to help Hurricane Katrina survivors.
The White House said it would allocate the money to Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida and Texas.
It will also provide $1.5 billion to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help rebuild the Gulf Coast and Texas.
“The federal government is making a major commitment to help the people of Louisiana and Georgia and South Carolina and the U,S.
Virgin Islands who have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.
“We are grateful for the hard work of Louisiana, Texas and the entire Gulf Coast region to recover from this devastating hurricane.”
President Barack Obama said in the statement the money would be used to help flood victims and to provide financial aid to Louisiana’s residents.
Psaki also said the administration would provide additional financial assistance to South Carolina.
In addition to the $2 billion, the White House also announced the creation of a Disaster Relief Fund for victims of Hurricane Katrina, the first federal program to support flood victims since the government stepped in to provide $50 billion for the storm in 2010.
The fund is designed to provide temporary aid to families and businesses affected by the storm.
“Hurricane Katrina has left so many families shattered and devastated,” the White, House said in its statement.