Mississippi Tackles a Tough One

Thompson, Richard
December 2005
Planning;Dec2005, Vol. 71 Issue 11, p6
Trade Publication
The article discusses the struggle of cities along the 120-mile stretch of the Mississippi Gulf Coast to provide housing for Hurricane Katrina victims. The damage caused by Hurricane Katrina could be compared to Camille, the 1969 hurricane that struck the Mississippi coast with winds of almost 200 miles an hour and a 25-foot storm surge. In September 2005, the American Red Cross estimated that more than a third of the 171,000 dwellings in Hancock, Harrison, Pearl River, Jackson, Stone and George counties had been destroyed. Overall, Katrina destroyed 621,973 housing units valued at $59 billion and displaced 1.4 million people in the three states, according to David Swanson, a professor of sociology at the University of Mississippi. The U.S. Congress appropriated $62.3 billion for the three-state relief effort, most of it designated for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA expected to spend more than $2 billion to buy up to 300,000 mobile homes and travel trailers to house displaced residents throughout the Gulf Coast.


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