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Groundbreaking for New Pass Christian Middle School Today Signals Continued Katrina Recovery on the Coast

From: FEMA   Filed 10/10/07 GCN

Another obvious sign of the continued Gulf Coast Recovery is today's groundbreaking at Pass Christian Middle School. The groundbreaking ceremony occurred at noon at the school’s 270 West Second Street site.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated more than $17 million through

its Public Assistance Grant Program (PAGP) to rebuild the school that will house K-8 students. The previous school was destroyed when Hurricane Katrina’s wind, storm surge and torrential rain slammed the Coast on Aug. 29, 2005.


“We are pleased to join our state partner, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) which will administer the funds to the school district to pay for the rebuilding and reconstruction of the middle school” said Sid Melton, director of the FEMA-Mississippi Transitional Recovery Office here.


In communities throughout the state, nearly $2.23 billion has been obligated in the following Public Assistance (PA) categories:

  • More than $727 million obligated for land-based debris removal;
  • $364 million for emergency protective measures;
  • $532 million to repair or replace public buildings;
  • $379 million to repair public utilities;
  • $117 million to repair and restore public recreational facilities such as state parks;
  • $108 million to meet the costs of administering the grants;
  • $62 million to repair roads and bridges;
  • $1 million to repair water control devices such as reservoirs and irrigation channels.

For this unprecedented disaster, FEMA is paying 100 percent for all eligible projects under the PA program, providing additional federal disaster assistance to Mississippi.


The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency administers the funds. To date, MEMA has disbursed more than $1.3 billion to PA applicants for debris removal and rebuilding projects including bridges, public buildings and utilities.


“Today’s groundbreaking ceremony not only signifies the rebuilding of Pass Christian Middle School, but also signifies the rebuilding of a community,” said Mike Womack, MEMA director.  “MEMA is pleased to be a partner in this project.”

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