April 25, 2017 03:46 PM
The bayou rises over the naked bank of the River Trace Townhomes at Oakbourne during last year's devastating flooding.
Photo by Robin May

The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report confirms that the state has completed its deal with IEM to manage the $1.3 billion program to assist homeowners with damage from the March and August 2016 floods.

The disaster recovery firm will administer the homeowner flood aid program for $227 million.

Of the $227 million cost of the contract, $127 million will go to IEM for program management and construction management. The remaining $100 million will be paid to the firm to cover construction costs for people who let the state handle the rebuilding of their homes.

Homeowners will be able to choose among four options: state-managed construction, homeowner-managed construction, reimbursement for eligible expenses on completed rebuilding and buyouts in limited circumstances.

The contract was signed April 21, ending weeks of controversy over the selection of a firm to administer the program.

In March, the state selected North Carolina-based IEM from among five teams of contractors, engineers, architects, attorneys, accountants and consultants. But it scrapped the decision three weeks later and restarted the bid process amid questions over licensure requirements, cost concerns and protests from losing teams.

This month, a new state selection committee again selected IEM from among five teams. IEM’s proposal was the second most expensive.

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