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Lott, Cochran: Almost $12 Million Slated for Pascagoula, Biloxi, Mississippi Coast Coliseum

From: Office of Sen. Trent Lott        Filed 8/23/06  GCN

Federal funding totaling almost $12 million is slated for Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts in the Pascagoula and Biloxi/Gulfport area, U.S. Senators Trent Lott and Thad Cochran announced Tuesday.

“A year after Katrina, we have a long way to go, but Mississippi is making progress, and in many ways we’re showing the nation how to recover from a natural disaster,” Senator Lott said.  “This funding will certainly be a welcome addition to the Gulf Coast’s recovery effort, and I know this money will be well used, reestablishing vital public infrastructure that is essential to reviving these communities.”

Senator Cochran stated:

“As we prepare to observe the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, it is important that the citizens of the Mississippi Gulf Coast understand that the federal government is still committed to helping our state recover from the storm. The federal government’s regular release of funding through grants such as these serves not only to repair physical damage but also important to sustain the momentum Mississippians have created in the long process of recovery.”

The package includes:

$1,127,064.60 (federal share) to Pascagoula Public Schools Supt School Building Damage

Hurricane Katrina generated winds in excess of 120 MPH with water levels at Eastlawn Elementary School reaching three feet. The storm left 12 of muck in classrooms, the kitchen, cafeteria area, and offices. Eastlawn has an attendance of 419 students in grades K-5 and covers 40,122 SF over three wings. This $1,252,294.00 is the contractors cost to replace or repair carpeting, drywall, electrical work, to remove and replace flooring, paint, wooden furnishings, doors and frames, insulation, heat and cooling pump to their pre storm condition.

$1,502,114.09 (federal share) to Biloxi (City of) Public Utilities

Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the City of Biloxi with a 30 foot storm surge causing catastrophic damage to the citys storm water collection system. The system consist of 441,524 lf of pipe, various catch basins, swales and other structures used to control and drain storm water. This $1,669,015.65 represents the estimated cost to repair 61 known damaged pipe structures, clean and video 441,524 lf of pipe to determine how to make pipe repairs, and to demolition and replacement streets, curbs and sidewalks that are dug up to repair or replace pipe and structures as necessary to return the storm water collection system to its pre-storm condition.

$3,958,679.25 (federal share) to Biloxi (City of) Public Utilities

Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the City of Biloxi with a 30 foot storm surge and high velocity winds causing severe damage to the Citys sanitary sewer collection system. 2,682 residential homes and hundreds of commercial structures were pushed off their foundations, and disconnected from the system. In addition, 54,300 LF of sewer lines were either unearthed or damaged and 31 sewer drain covers were either destroyed or damaged. This $4,398,532.50 represents the cost, including street, curb and sidewalk demolition and replacement necessary, to repair and or replace 54,300 LF of sanitary sewer pipe, close 2682 service openings and replace 31 sewer drain covers.

$2,446,702.44 (federal share) to Mississippi Coast Coliseum Commission Public Buildings

Hurricane caused extensive damage to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, all outbuildings, retaining walls, and fencing. The coliseum is a 292,108 SF facility, located 1000 feet from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Shoreline. This $2,718,558.27 represents the estimated cost, less expected insurance proceeds, to repair the outbuildings, consisting of a 17,360 SF Arcade, 1600 SF Loading Dock, 1651 SF Engineering Shop, 8400 SF Boiler Room, 5463 Equipment Storage Area, 180 SF Yard House, 485 SF Mobile Equipment Building, 390 SF Fire Pump House, and grounds that include fencing, lighting and 3 small Security Guard Houses. Work to be done will include repairs and or replacement of exterior and interior walls, ceilings, floors, electrical and HVAC systems to the buildings, and fence and lighting repairs and replacement on the grounds. Post storm, the coliseum facility has housed search and rescue teams, was used for public restrooms, and as a major distribution site for food, water, and ice. The facility is currently housing the MEMA and FEMA Transitional Recovery Office.

$1,048,137.95 (federal share) to Biloxi (City of) - Public Buildings

Hurricane Katrina caused extensive damage to the Point Cadet Hanger, also known as Point Cadet Plaza. The 16,100 SF steel frame building with metal roof and walls, owned by the city, was damaged so severely that repair cost would exceed 50% of replacement cost. The building contained 4 restrooms, an activities room, mechanical room, kitchen, storage rooms, and a 12,000 SF of open assembly area. This $1,164,597.72 represents the estimated cost, less expected insurance proceeds, to demolish and dispose of the damaged building and to build a new building that is the same size, serves the same purpose, and that will also comply with current building codes and standards, including raising the structure above the Advisory Base Flood Elevation.

$1,552,843.13 (federal share) to Catholic Diocese of Biloxi School Building Damage

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina brought storm surge waters into the City of Pass Christian where St. Pauls Elementary School was directly in the path of an 18 foot storm surge which destroyed the 12,070 sf building that contained the schools gym and cafeteria. This $1,725,381.26 represents the estimated cost, net of expected insurance proceeds of $1,385,094.74, to remove and dispose of the destroyed building and to build a replacement building of the same size and configuration of the destroyed building. An SBA loan was applied for and denied due to this applicant already receiving the maximum SBA loan limit for damages to another school. The Diocese is contemplating relocating the school outside of the flood plain to avoid a similar loss in the future.

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