City Council approves disaster relief funds
The money, which would come from a street and bridge construction fund, might be used to pay for the personnel, equipment and supplies to help the tens of thousands of people displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
Mayor Bill White said that the city has spent less than $1 million so far on ramping up shelters and other services for evacuees. He said he'd also secured millions of dollars in funding pledges from private sources.
"If something happens, we need to be able to act quickly," he said.
Council members at the mayor said they also expected that the Federal Emergency Management Agency would reimburse the city for most, if not all, of any spending on the evacuees.