MONROE, La. — A Ouachita Parish government official says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has declined to pay 90 percent of the cost for damage to parish property from spring floods.

The agency usually covers 75 percent of such repairs, with state and local governments making up the rest. FEMA paid 90 percent of Hurricane Katrina repairs and 100 percent of those from a 2007 tornado in Greensburg, Kansas.

Police Jury President Scotty Robinson says the governor and the Louisiana delegation had joined his request for a higher payment. He tells The News-Star ( ) that he learned Monday that the request was declined.

The parish has 14 projects related to the March floods, such as damaged roads, drainage repairs, levees and other flood control projects.

Robinson says Congressman Ralph Abraham plans to ask President Barack Obama to allow the increase.

Information from: The News-Star,