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Hurricane Katrina Mississippi Recovery Update: June 2009

Release date: 
July 13, 2009
Release Number: 
1604-724

BILOXI, Miss. - The following is a summary of Mississippi recovery efforts from Aug. 29, 2005 through July 7, 2009:

FEMA's Individual Assistance program has provided nearly $1.3 billion to individuals and families in response to Hurricane Katrina:

  • FEMA's temporary housing program ended on May 1, 2009.* 
  • As of July 7, 2009:
    • About 627 temporary housing units are still occupied in Mississippi - a 77 percent decrease from the 2,808 units occupied Jan. 1:
County Jan. 1 July 7 Progress
Hancock 391 79 80 percent
Harrison 795 183 77 percent
Jackson 442 83 81 percent
Other 1,180 282 76 percent
Total  2,808 627 77 percent
  • Since Hurricane Katrina made landfall on Aug. 29, 2005, nearly $1.3 billion in Individuals and Households Program funding was approved for 274,761 individuals and families in Mississippi.

 

More than 2,800 Mississippi families moved from FEMA temporary housing to Mississippi Cottages. Less than 1,800 cottages are currently occupied. The Mississippi Cottages were developed through the Mississippi Alternative Housing Program, which is administered by MEMA and funded by a $280 million federal grant. For more information about the program, visit www.mscottage.org.

More than $3 billion has been obligated in Public Assistance Grants:

 

  • Since Jan. 1, 2009, many projects funded by FEMA PA grants have either begun or been completed:
Notable PA-funded Projects Completed in 2009   Date
D’Iberville High School  February
Chester M. McPhearson, Jr. Pier  March 21
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center  Apr. 23
Waveland Civic Center   May 8


Notable PA-funded Projects Started in 2009  Date
Hattiesburg Fire Station #1   Feb. 24
Long Beach Water and Sewer Improvements  March 10
Waveland Pier  Apr. 14
Robert J. Curry Public Safety Center  May 4
Gulfport Small Craft Harbor   May 23
  • More than $710 million obligated for land-based debris removal. To date, more than 46 million cubic yards of debris has been removed - that's equal to a football field stacked approximately 4.9 miles high. 
  • $884 million to repair public utilities;
  • $642 million to repair or replace public buildings;
  • $401 million for emergency protective measures;
  • $96 million to repair roads and bridges;
  • $1.1 million to repair water control devices such as ditches and irrigation channels.
  • $175 million to repair and restore public recreational facilities such as state parks;
  • MEMA administers PA funds. To date, MEMA has dis...
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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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