Hurricane Katrina Forest Recovery

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Wednesday, January 24

State, Cities to Share $32 Million in FEMA Grants


The city of Biloxi has been awarded a $2.8 million grant for debris removal costs as part of a hurricane recovery package announced by Sens. Thad Cochran and Trent Lott on Tuesday.

About $32 million in FEMA grants has been awarded to the state as well as localities, including Biloxi, Waveland and Jackson County. Most of the money - about $18.4 million - will go to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency to reimburse the state of Florida for providing labor, equipment and materials in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The money was approved by Congress in the months following the Aug. 29, 2005, storm.

"Our Gulf Coast communities remain in need of assistance, and funding to remove debris, rebuild infrastructure, and repair damaged buildings will continue to be valuable," Cochran said in a statement.

About $2.8 million has been awarded to Biloxi to pay for the removal of a destroyed Old Highway 90 Fishing Pier.

Jackson County will receive $2.6 million to rebuild the Ocean Springs Fishing Pier destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The city of Waveland will receive $5.3 million to repair roads damaged by sewer line replacement south of the railroad tracks.

Other grants include $1.3 million to Pearl River Community College for building repairs and $1.9 million to St. Stanislaus College Preparatory School to repair damaged buildings.


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