Hurricane Katrina Mississippi Recovery Update: Week 65

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Release date: 
November 22, 2006
Release Number: 
1604-486

BILOXI, Miss. -- The initial shock and tumult following Hurricane Katrina have long since passed, but 65 weeks later, the work of recovery continues unabated. 

In partnership with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated more than $9.3 billion in disaster aid to Mississippi as of Nov. 17, 2006.

A network of other federal, state, local and volunteer agencies also are helping to restore the stricken areas, along with thousands of Mississippians working resolutely to rebuild their homes, businesses and communities. 

Approximately $1.1 billion has been approved in the following Public Assistance (PA) categories (not including debris removal).  To date, Mississippi has disbursed more than $894 million to PA applicants for rebuilding projects including bridges, public buildings and utilities.  The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency administers the funds.

  • $320 million for emergency protective measures;
  • $397 million to repair public buildings;
  • $299 million to restore public utilities;
  • $56 million to restore public recreational facilities such as state parks;
  • $30 million to repair roads and bridges;
  • $1.7 million to repair water control devices such as reservoirs and irrigation channels.

Grants also are being approved and disbursed through the following programs:

Approximately $1.3 billion to individuals and families:

  • 216,386 individuals and families have been approved for Housing Assistance totaling nearly $846 million;
  • 133,980 Mississippi Hurricane Katrina survivors have been approved for nearly $412 million in Other Needs Assistance. 

More than $1.3 billion has been approved for land-based debris removal.  About $231 million will be disbursed for marine debris removal:

  • Approximately 45 million cubic yards of eligible land-based debris has been removed from public and private property in 79 of 82 counties.
  • FEMA has given a six-month extension for the removal of land-based debris in the inundated areas of the three coastal counties;
  • The U.S. Coast Guard has cleared about 34,000 cubic yards of marine debris, and has completed four of 16 marine debris removal contracts.  Marine debris removal will be 100 percent federally funded until May 15, 2007.   

Other assistance:

  • FEMA paid about $2.5 billion through its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to 17,122 policy holders;
  • FEMA paid nearly $3 billion to other federal agencies to complete specific tasks or mission assignments during response and recovery, such as emergency medical assistance and debris removal;
  • As of Nov. 17, 2006, there were 32,275 temporary housing units (travel trailers and mobile homes) in service.  These units are being returned to FEMA at an average of 250 units per week.

In addition, more than $2.6 billion in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans have been approved for Mississippians:

  • Nearly $2.1 billion in loans to 31,037 homeowners and renters;
  • More than $526 million to 4,324 businesses;
  • More than $18.8 million to 327 small businesses for working capital.

The above figures were compiled as of Nov. 17, 2006.

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