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Six Years After Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi Continues to Recover and Rebuild

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August 29, 2011
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BILOXI, Miss. -- Six years after Hurricane Katrina devastated Mississippi, both the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency continue to work with local governments and organizations to rebuild stronger and safer communities.

Billions of federal dollars have been spent during the past six years to help make rebuilding possible. The following is a summary of the federal and state assistance provided in the Mississippi Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts from Aug. 29, 2005 through Aug. 19, 2011.


  • $9 billion - Total FEMA has spent in Mississippi.
  • $3 billion - Total spent to help individuals and families meet their basic needs and begin to recover. This includes $1.5 billion to provide temporary housing units for families displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
  • $3 billion - Amount obligated by FEMA for infrastructure repair and replacement, debris removal and emergency protective measures.
  • $294 million -- Amount obligated by FEMA for safe rooms, shelters, hurricane-proofing and other projects to reduce the effect of future disasters.
  • Over 45,000 -- Number of individuals and families that occupied FEMA temporary housing units.
  • 2,826 -- Number of families who occupied a Mississippi Cottage during MEMA's Alternative Housing Pilot Program.

Assisting Individuals and Families

  • FEMA provided more than $1.3 billion to help families and individuals recover and begin rebuilding immediately after Hurricane Katrina.  This includes nearly $880 million provided for housing assistance and $419 million to replace personal property and meet other disaster-related needs.
  • More than 45,000 Mississippi families were provided FEMA temporary housing units. Only 12 FEMA temporary housing units remain occupied in Mississippi.
  • More than 126,000 Mississippi families received FEMA rental assistance.
  • More than 2,950 Mississippi families moved from FEMA temporary housing to Mississippi Cottages and almost 80 cottages are currently occupied. The Mississippi Cottages were provided through the Mississippi Alternative Housing Program, which is administered by MEMA and funded by a $280 million federal grant. The temporary housing portion of the program ended Jan. 31 2009. Nearly 1,200 units have been sold for permanent use to residents who remain in need. For more information about the program, visit
  • As of August 19, 1,187 cottages have been sold to occupants for permanent housing solution. An additional 586 cottages have been donated to nonprofit and government organizations to provide low-income housing and assist with civic projects.

Rebuilding Mississippi Infrastructure

More than $3 billion in FEMA Public Assistance funds has been obligated to rebuild infrastructure and to reimburse local governments for debris removal and emergency protective measures. Infrastructure repair and replacement funding includes:

  • More than $687 million to public building restoration.
  • More than $355 million to public schools.
  • More than $15 million for public safety projects.
  • More than $66 million to restore health and medical services.
  • Approximately $933 million for public utilities.
  • Nearly $91 million for roads and bridges.
  • Nearly $100 million to repair/restore historically significant buildings.

In addition to funding for the restoration of Mississippi's infrastructure, FEMA obligated more than $711 million for the removal of more than 46 million cubic yards of dry debris following Hurricane Katrina. The wet debris mission, which cleaned Mississippi's coastal waters, removed 390,000 cubic yards of debris at a cost of $97 million....

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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