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.

Thursday, October 19

Federal Government Approves Reimbursements

Federal reimbursement funding totaling more than $6.2 million has been approved for separate Hurricane Katrina recovery projects impacting Mississippi's Gulf Coast community.
The funding and official project descriptions are:

o Approximately $3.29 million (Federal share) to the City of Biloxi for debris removal. This represents the estimated contract costs to remove and dispose the remaining debris from the public rights of way, which is expected to conclude before February 28, 2007.

o Approximately $1.77 million (Federal share) to the Gulf Coast Community Action Agency for a new facility. The agency's 17,945-square-foot metal facility consisted of 12 classrooms and 12 offices. The estimate to repair the facility was roughly 58% of the estimate to replace the facility, qualifying the facility for replacement. This funding represents the estimated cost to replace the destroyed facility, after insurance proceeds, to their pre-disaster capacity and function, and to elevate the facility above the advisory base blood elevation.

o Approximately $1.23 million (Federal share) to the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) for repairs on the 80,973-square-foot Advanced Education Center Building on the Long Beach campus. This building was an addition to the campus at USM and was the newest classroom on campus. This funding will reimburse USM for repairs already completed.



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