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GO Zone program may not be extended by Congress

GULF COAST — A program that encourages private investors to build and renovate lower-income housing in areas hit by hurricanes may not be extended by Congress, leaving uncertainty over 3,200 units planned along the Gulf Coast. Since the program was approved in late 2005 after hurricanes Katrina and Rita destroyed and damaged thousands of homes, about 20,000 housing units for ...

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Construction begins on Katrina 'high-water' monuments

HANCOCK COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has begun work to install two Gateway Katrina Monuments at the Interstate 10 and Mississippi 43 Interchange in Hancock County. The $46,500 project was awarded to DCD Construction Inc. of D’Iberville. The project consists of installing two concrete slabs along the shoulder of I-10 at the Mississippi 43 interchange to mark ...

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Wicker pushes for flood insurance reform

WASHINGTON — Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) yesterday testified before the Senate Banking Committee on the importance of reforming the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to address the needs of property owners along the coast. “One of the greatest examples of Katrina’s lingering effects – and one of the biggest impediments to our rebuilding efforts – is the lack of affordable ...

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Barbour announces new disaster recovery fund

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour and the nonprofit Volunteer USA Foundation announced the establishment of the National Disaster Recovery Fund to benefit states and communities who suffer long-term losses from a natural disaster such as a hurricane, flood or tornado. Governors from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi are supporting the work of the Fund as a way to supplement state ...

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USDA declares disaster in 20 counties

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 20 counties in Mississippi as natural disaster areas because of losses caused by flooding that occurred in May and June. The counties are Adams, Jefferson, Tunica, Issaquena, Sharkey, Warren, Claiborne, Hinds, Tate, Coahoma, Humphreys, Washington, Copiah, Lincoln, Wilkinson, DeSoto, Panola, Yazoo, Franklin and Quitman. The USDA says farm operators would ...

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Hyatt Regency starts post-Katrina repairs

NEW ORLEANS — Renovation began yesterday on the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, a hotel that became a familiar symbol of Hurricane Katrina’s destruction when shattered glass poured onto streets and furniture was sucked out of broken windows. The $275-million project is aimed at reopening the hotel in the fall of 2011, when the once-storm-mauled area around the Louisiana Superdome will ...

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Chamber offers online disaster preparedness plan

GULFPORT — The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce has developed the Disaster/Hurricane Preparation Plan for Business Security & Recovery. The packet was created to assist businesses, business owners and employees in the event of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane. The toolkit consists of checklists, forms, and emergency contacts to help get businesses back up and running as ...

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Forecasters see higher risk for hurricanes in 2010

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Hurricane forecasters say cooler ocean temperatures in the Pacific and warmer temperatures in the Atlantic increases the risk for the East Coast to be slammed by a hurricane this season. Colorado State University researchers Wednesday updated their Atlantic hurricane season forecast, saying there’s a 45 percent chance of a hurricane hitting the East Coast, including Florida. ...

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County earns StormReady designation

COLUMBIA — Marion County is the latest Mississippi community to receive the StormReady designation from the National Weather Service. A ceremony honoring the community for achieving StormReady status will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the Marion County Board of Supervisors in Columbia.= This makes 29 StormReady designations in Mississippi, which include 14 cities or towns, 13 counties and ...

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Three counties report storm damage

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received damage reports from three counties for the severe weather system that moved through the state Jan. 20-21. The reports from the counties are as follows: • Copiah County — Three roads closed due to debris/flooding, reports of damaged homes and farm buildings. Affected area is southeast of Hazlehurst running northwest ...

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