Hurricane Katrina Mississippi Recovery Update: July 2009

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August 6, 2009
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Biloxi, Miss. -- The following is a summary of Mississippi recovery efforts from Aug. 29, 2005 through July 30, 2009:

As of July 29, about 529 temporary housing units are still occupied in Mississippi - an 81 percent decrease from the 2,808 units occupied Jan. 1:

CountyJan. 1July 30Progress
Hancock 391 69 82 percent
Harrison 795 162 79 percent
Jackson 442 69 84 percent
Other 1,180 229 81 percent
Total 2,808 529 81 percent


  • FEMA's temporary housing program ended on May 1, 2009.*
  • 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. Fewer 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. The program ended January 31. For more information about the program, visit

Since Jan. 1, 2009, many projects funded by FEMA Public Assistance grants have either begun or been completed:

Notable PA-funded Projects Completed in 2009Date
D'Iberville High School February
Chester M. McPhearson, Jr. Pier March
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center Apr. 23
Waveland Civic Center May 8
Hancock County Courthouse Planned for Aug. 8


Notable PA-funded Projects Started in 2009Date
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
West Harrison High School July 26
Waveland Library July 31
Waveland Police Station Aug. 1
Waveland City Hall, Annex and Fire Station Planned for Aug. 29


  • FEMA has obligated more than $3 billion in PA funds, which are administered by MEMA. To date, MEMA has disbursed more than $1.79 billion of the $3 billion obligated by FEMA to PA applicants.
    • $711 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...
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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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