FEMA Adds $45.01 Million in Mississippi Public Assistance
From: FEMA News Release
Filed 6/24/06 GCN
An additional $45.01 million in Public Assistance grants for Mississippi
has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). That brings the state's total FEMA
Public Assistance reimbursement for Hurricane Katrina recovery to $1.33
The largest single grant, for $9.58 million, is for replacement of a
large warehouse operated by the Mississippi State Port Authority. Among
the damaged structures in the warehouse were four dry storage sheds and
two refrigerated storage units. The building also included five offices, a
rest room, refrigeration units, 36 overhead doors, and associated plumbing
and electrical services.
- The Mississippi Coast Coliseum Commission will receive $4.06 million
to restore the Coliseum, plus a $733,595 hazard mitigation grant to
protect against future flooding. The hurricane did extensive damage to
the facility, and the project will bring it back to its pre-disaster
- FEMA will reimburse Dixie Electric Power Association $5.89 million
to replace or repair damaged power lines, poles and other elements of
its distribution system in Jones County. The power association will
receive an additional $2.53 million for similar repairs in Wayne County.
- A total of $7.5 million was awarded for five South Mississippi
school projects: $1.74 million at Trent Lott Middle School in
Pascagoula; $1.24 million for the first grade building and $1.12 million
for the kindergarten building at North Bay Elementary School; $1.86
million for Gulfview Elementary School in Bay St. Louis; and $1.54
million to the Hancock County School District for portable classroom
- The University of Southern Mississippi will receive $2.08 million to
rebuild the J.L. Scott Marine Education Center in Biloxi. The center was
so severely damaged that it will be completely replaced.
- The Harrison County Library System will receive $1.18 million to
replace 30,000 destroyed books, furnishings and equipment at the
Gulfport Public Library.
- A $1.71 million grant will be used to replace the Chimney Square
administration building in Picayune, which was severely damaged.
- A grant of $2.24 million will be used for marine debris removal
along the Hancock County shoreline, and screen approximately 275 acres
of beach sand.
- The City of Jackson was awarded $1.27 million in reimbursement for
tipping fees or gate charges for depositing more than 250,000 cubic
yards of storm debris in area landfills.
- A grant of $2.3 million was awarded to the City of Long Beach for
repairs to its damaged sewer system, including 27,950 linear feet of
- The City of Gulfport will receive $1.64 million to clean storm
debris and silt from its sanitary and storm sewer system.
- D'Iberville will receive $1.29 million to replace 174 damaged
grinder pumps, electrical conduit, manholes and associated elements of
the city's sewer system.
- The Hancock County Sheriff's Office will receive $1.01 million to
replace 70 vehicles destroyed by the storm-46 patrol vehicles and 29
At Governor Haley Barbour's request, FEMA extended the mission
assignment to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for debris removal in Pass
Christian, Bay St. Louis, Waveland, and unincorporated areas of Hancock
County until August 29. The June 30 deadline remains in effect for 100
percent federal funding of debris removal and protective measures.
Beginning July 1, the federal cost share will change to 90 percent. FEMA
obligates this funding directly to the state, which in turn provides funds
to eligible entities after review and receipt of appropriate
The grants are part of FEMA's Public Assistance program, which provides
financial assistance to state and local governments and certain non-profit
organizations for disaster-related clean-up and rebuilding efforts. The
grants help rebuild or restore buildings and infrastructure to
pre-disaster condition. While these grants are aimed at governments and
organizations, their final goal is to help a community and all its
citizens recover from devastating natural disasters. The funds are
administered by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any
national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, works with
state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood
Insurance Program. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security on March 1, 2003.