After 39 years of the state saying no, a legislative committee agreed Tuesday to pay $101.5 million to Tangipahoa Parish victims of flooding caused by the building of Interstate 12.
But the 1,246 victims, 400 families and 96 businesses are going to have to wait at least another six months – probably a year – for all the bureaucratic and legal i’s to be dotted and t’s to be crossed before the checks can be written.
The Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget approved the compromise negotiated by the Edwards administration and lawyers for the flood victims. With the committee’s vote, the state treasury transferred the money into a fund to pay those flooded in April 1983 or their families. At least 30% of the plaintiffs have died – their successors will receive the payments – while waiting for the state government to pay what the courts ordered it to pay years ago.