USA: Hurricane Katrina Mississippi Recovery Update

News and Press Release
Originally published
Release Number: 1604-511

BILOXI, Miss. -- The recovery effort remains strong throughout Mississippi as families rebuild their homes, communities and lives.

In partnership with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated more than $9.4 billion in disaster aid to Mississippi as of Feb. 2, 2007.

Approximately $1.15 billion has been approved in the following Public Assistance (PA) categories (not including debris removal). To date, more than $984 million has been disbursed to PA applicants for rebuilding projects including bridges, public buildings and utilities. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency administers the funds. The $1.1 billion approved for PA includes:

- $331 million for emergency protective measures;

- $423 million to repair public buildings;

- $303 million to restore public utilities;

- $60 million to restore public recreational facilities such as state parks;

- $31 million to repair roads and bridges;

- $1.6 million to repair water control devices such as reservoirs and irrigation channels.

Approximately $1.23 billion to individuals and families:

216,468 individuals and families have been approved for Housing Assistance totaling more than $848 million;

134,152 Mississippi survivors have been approved for more than $318 million in Other Needs Assistance.

More than $1.3 billion for debris removal including nearly $222 million obligated for marine debris and $682 million obligated for land-based debris.

More than 45 million cubic yards of eligible land-based debris has been removed from public and private property throughout the state. Approximately 30 million cubic yards of debris has been removed in the lower three counties.

The six-month extension for the removal of land-based debris in the inundated areas of the three coastal counties ends February 28, 2007.

The U.S. Coast Guard has cleared approximately 54,000 cubic yards of marine debris, and has completed five of 16 marine debris removal contracts. Marine debris removal will be 100 percent federally funded until May 15, 2007.

Other assistance:

FEMA has paid more than $2.4 billion through its National Flood Insurance Program to 17,170 policy holders;

As of Feb. 5, 2007, there were 29,185 temporary housing units (travel trailers and mobile homes) in service. These units are being returned to FEMA at an average of 250 units per week.

In addition, more than $2.6 billion in U.S. Small Business Administration loans have been approved for Mississippians.

- More than $2 billion in loans to 31,100 homeowners and renters;

- More than $538 million to 4,354 businesses;

- More than $19 million to 328 small businesses for working capital.

The above figures were compiled as of Feb. 2, 2007.

The Hurricane Katrina Mississippi Recovery Update will be released on a monthly basis.

FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident, initiates mitigation activities and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA works closely with state and local emergency managers, law enforcement personnel, firefighters and other first responders. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.