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Port of Gulfport receives $3.1M from FEMA

 

JACKSON — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker say the Mississippi State Port Authority will receive $3.1 million to restore facilities at the Port of Gulfport.

Hurricane Katrina in 2005 inundated the port with about 20 feet of water, flooding West Gulfport and East Long Beach neighborhoods with chickens and cargo containers.

The Republican senators said Monday in a new release that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had given final approval for the funding.

The Mississippi State Port Authority will use the money for its ongoing recovery work. The port also plans to increase its capacity to handle more ships.

Officials say the Port of Gulfport averages more than 2 million tons of cargo annually.

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