Governor Says FEMA Has Agreed to Extend Debris Removal
Deadline for Hancock County, Waveland, Bay St. Louis
From: Office of the Governor Filed
Governor Haley Barbour announced today that the Federal Emergency
Management Agency has agreed to extend the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
mission to finish debris removal along the hardest hit areas of the
The mission extension extends the June 30 debris removal deadline for the
cities of Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, Waveland and unincorporated areas
of Hancock County. The Corps of Engineers now has an additional three
months to complete debris removal operations in those areas.
"I am pleased the federal government, FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers
continue to assist the hardest hit areas of our state," Governor Barbour
said. "I am confident this extension will allow time for the difficult job
of debris removal to be finished."
Beginning July 1, state and local governments will be required to pay 10
percent of debris removal costs; since the hurricane, the federal
government has paid 100 percent of debris removal costs and will continue
to pay the full amount through June 30. As of June 8, the latest official
reporting period, more than 43.3 million cubic yards of debris had been
removed from Mississippi, and debris removal is about 98 percent complete
Hancock County and its cities have said that they cannot pay the 10
percent local match. The extended deadline will allow 100 percent federal
reimbursement for the debris removal through the new deadline.