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Lott: Almost $7 Million Approved for Katrina Needs

 From: Office of Sen. Trent Lott      12/20/05 GCN

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal funds totaling about $7 million are approved for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the City of Bay St. Louis and for Greene County, U.S. Senator Trent Lott said today. The funds will help cover costs associated with the ongoing recovery effort following Hurricane Katrina.

            “This is yet another step in our recovery effort,” Senator Lott said.  “Though we’ve got a long way to go, with each day and with each dollar we continue to make progress.”

            Today’s funding, to be administered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), breaks down as follows:

$3,205,426 to MEMA – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is incurring extraordinary costs providing essential services to victims, as well as to emergency responders and local agencies. Costs include labor and equipment expenses, food and water, generators, establishing and operating communication systems, and other miscellaneous items to eliminate the immediate threat to health, life, and public safety. This augments previous funding and represents the estimated cost of services through November 26, 2005.

 $1,256,038.49 to the City of Bay St. Louis - As a result of Hurricane Katrina, high wind and rain, storm surge, and over four feet of standing water severely damaged the Second Street Elementary School located within the city of Bay St. Louis. This project addresses the damage to the school’s Ingram building. The damage to the building components was so extensive, FEMA policy deems eligible the cost to replace the entire structure. This amount represents the estimated cost to replace the facility.

$2,497,985.58 to Greene County - Greene County previously received funding based on initial estimates for debris removal, which were significantly below the actual quantity of debris. This represents funding to reconcile the difference.

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