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State Port gets HUD funds to complete Katrina recovery

GULFPORT — The Port of Gulfport has received the final $481 million in federal funds to complete Katrina restoration and elevation to 25 feet, a project that will take six years.

The restoration and elevation will quadruple the port’s capacity.

The Sun Herald reports the port has been redesigned as it is being rebuilt so the result will be a modernized container operation, including automated equipment to move cargo.

Community Development Block Grant money from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department, earmarked for Katrina recovery, is paying for the restoration and elevation. The port has received a total of $570 million.

Source: The Sun Herald

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