Release Number: 1604-297
Robert E. Litan
New Orleans, LA - Summer education and after school programs, day care centers, and arts and sports programs for youth received a boost today with the distribution of more than $600,000 to nonprofit organizations in the Gulf to hasten their recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
Release Number: 1605-200
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - In the nearly seven months since Hurricane Katrina came ashore and battered the Gulf Coast, federal and state officials have approved well over half a billion dollars in disaster aid to Alabamians and evacuees from other states affected by the storm. According to the U.S.
Release Number: 1603-414
BATON ROUGE, La. - Six months after Hurricane Rita tore through southwestern Louisiana, leaving damaged homes and businesses in its wake, the state of Louisiana is pressing steadily forward on its road to recovery. The U.S.
by Allen Johnson
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, March 23, 2006 (AFP) - Housing is a top priority for Hurricane Katrina victims now, but social ties with family and friends will play an increasing role in the struggle to recover, according to two Japanese disaster experts.
Federal allocations in response to hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma now total over $88 billion. Additionally, over $8 billion in tax relief is available, and another $19.8 billion in spending has been proposed by the Bush administration in February 2006. While these numbers appear quite large, widespread uncertainty exists over how much of this money has actually been spent and where.
By Jeffrey Jones
The house on Little River Road is still on its pad, unmoved by the water that rushed in from two directions in a Bayou La Batre, Ala., neighborhood. The roof had been partially dislodged by the high winds of Hurricane Katrina that blew through this coastal town last August.
Washington, D.C., March 16, 2006 -- The National Council of Churches' Special Commission for the Just Rebuilding of the Gulf Coast said it was "deeply troubled" by the Federal Emergency Management Administration's decision to end temporary housing for hurricane victims.
In a statement released today, the Special Commission said:
We are deeply troubled by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's decision to end funding for temporary housing for Hurricane Katrina evacuees as of yesterday.
Brian McArthur , Special to RedCross.org
By Ben Wisner, Oberlin College, Ohio, and Peter Walker, Feinstein International Famine Center
By Richard Cowan and Caren Bohan
With more than 100,000 displaced people from New Orleans now living in Baton Rouge, La., the city is struggling to meet the additional healthcare, education and housing demands. Northwest Medical Teams has been privileged to meet many people stretching to meet those needs, & among them, Dr. Cheri LaBlanc.
Dr. Cheri (last names are usually omitted in the Gulf States ) helped start a free medical clinic at Healing Place Church 's Dream Center in Donaldsonville, La., a year ago.
On August 29, Hurricane Katrina, which would become the costliest hurricane in U.S. history, came ashore with a sustained wind speed of 145 mph along Grand Isle, Louisiana. The sheer force of hurricane storm surges, and the subsequent levee system breech in New Orleans, ultimately claimed 1,417 lives and caused damages over $75 billion to the Mississippi-Louisiana Gulf Coast.
More than 1 million people were directly affected by the hurricane, with hundreds of thousands of persons dispersed throughout the U.S.
By Jeffrey Jones
NEW ORLEANS, March 7 (Reuters) - Homes in New Orleans that were torn from foundations in Hurricane Katrina and suffered the worst damage are being demolished, nearly two months after the city ended legal action by agreeing to notify the owners before bulldozing them.
Crews began the process this week of clearing away condemned houses -- or in many cases just chunks of houses -- that were picked up by floodwaters and ended up strewn across roads and sidewalks in ravaged neighborhoods like the Lower Ninth Ward and Lakeview.
The city has initially …
(PORTLAND, ORE -- March 7, 2006) Armed with cold packs, aspirin and work clothes, nine volunteers with West Linn 's Windermere/Cronin & Caplan Realty Group, are in Mississippi with Northwest Medical Teams this week, rebuilding homes devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA