Posts Tagged ‘hurricanes’

County looking to have FEMA disaster loan forgiven

JACKSON COUNTY — Jackson County supervisors are hoping that by changing the way the county assessed its Hurricane Katrina financial damage, it will succeed in having its FEMA loan forgiven. FEMA offered the county up to $14 million after the storm as part of a special Community Disaster Loan. The county borrowed closer to $10 […] [...]

W.C. Fore Trucking lands $19.1M port elevation project

GULFPORT — A $19.1 million contract has been awarded by the Port of Gulfport to elevate the first 43 acres of the West Pier to 25 feet. The Sun Herald reports W.C. Fore Trucking Inc. of Biloxi will be hauling roughly 200 loads of dirt a day to the Port of Gulfport. Officials say it […] [...]

Cochran questions returning unused CIAP funding

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is questioning the justification behind the Department of the Interior budget request to rescind $200 million in funding intended to pay for conservation projects in Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states. Cochran participated in a Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to review the FY2013 budget request […] [...]

State wants unspent $6M back from Coast county

HANCOCK COUNTY — The state has asked Hancock County for $6 million in funds not spent on a “property acquisition” project. The project is a limited buy-out plan designated to reduce the repetitive losses of residents in low-lying areas of Hancock County. The Sea Coast Echo reports the county has not spent any of the […] [...]

Popular pier destroyed by Katrina awaits final inspection

OCEAN SPRINGS — Jackson County supervisors plan to open the Ocean Springs Fishing Pier this week, as soon as the final inspection is complete. The popular pier, destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, was originally a piece of the old U.S. 90 bridge over Back Bay. Rebuilt with $2 million from FEMA, it has four covered pavilions, […] [...]

FEMA develops plan to waive repayment of improper disaster assistance

WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed a plan to waive recoupment of improper disaster assistance payments that were disbursed due to government error, according to U.S. Senators Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Thad Cochran, R-Miss. Next week, FEMA will send letters to 90,000 affected individuals and households informing […] [...]

USM scientists determine Katrina had minimal impact on Pearl River

HATTIESBURG — An article in a recent issue of the “Journal of Hydrology” details how a team of scientists headed by researchers from the University of Southern Mississippi found that Hurricane Katrina had minimal long-term impact on the water quality of the East Pearl River in southwest Mississippi. Led by Alan Shiller, professor of marine […] [...]

City targets more blighted buildings for demolition

BILOXI — Blighted buildings are coming down in Biloxi. The Sun Herald reports the city council approved inspections yesterday of six more blighted buildings, including the White House Hotel. Jerry Creel, community development director, says his department wants the owners of the White House to remove the steel beams on the west side of the […] [...]

Wind Pool board heads overseas for low reinsurance rates

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Members of Mississippi’s wind pool board are in London this week to seek low reinsurance rates — a key factor in the cost of policyholders’ premiums. The Mississippi Press reports that the board left Saturday and are expected to return Friday. The Mississippi Windstorm Underwriting Association is the insurer of last […] [...]

Hawaii man charged with post-Katrina investment scheme

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Federal officials say a man in Hawaii has been charged by a grand jury in connection with an investment scheme related to rebuilding projects in areas of Mississippi affected by Hurricane Katrina. A Justice Department news release from the Jackson FBI office identifies the man as 54-year-old Dan Doyle, a resident […] [...]

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