Hurricane Katrina Forest Recovery

As we work together to tackle the historic challenge that Hurricane Katrina has presented to the forestry communities of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama, we hope that this blog will be a valuable resource and tool.

Wednesday, May 10

Federal Funding Approved for Coast

Federal funding totaling more than $19 million has been awarded for Hurricane Katrina recovery costs. The grants, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will reimburse the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Hancock County Port and Harbor (HCPHC) and the Mississippi Coast Coliseum Commission for the costs associated with hurricane recovery.

Details of the federal share of the funding are as follows:

  • MEMA (approximately $10.72 million) -- To reimburse MEMA for the services of an accounting firm to work with local municipalities, counties and eligible private non-profit corporations to facilitate fund-tracking, sub-grantee (applicant) internal controls, ensure state and local contracting compliance, as well as to track and reconcile project financial performance.
  • HCPHC (approximately $6.66 million) -- To repair the Port Bienville Railroad located in Hancock County. The project includes replacing or relining more than 13,000 cross ties, repairing more than 10,000 lineal feet of track bed, resurfacing approximately 35,000 lineal feet of track, replacing more than 18,000 lineal feet of rail, as well as performing repairs on other essential elements of the railroad restoring the facility to its pre-disaster design, capacity and function.
  • Mississippi Coast Coliseum Commission (approximately $2.07 million) -- To repair or replace damaged equipment and furnishings at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum after insurance proceeds.


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