Moving 13 thousand families out of cramped
federal trailers and into permanent homes is the biggest challenge
Mississippi faces two years after Hurricane Katrina.
That's according to a report Gov. Haley Barbour released
assessing Mississippi's recovery from the August 29th 2005 storm.
The mostly upbeat report - published by a governor who is
seeking a second term this fall - says that more than $23.5 billion
of government money has been put into Mississippi's recovery.
Most of that came from the federal government.
The state is asking for another $8.5 million to $10 million in
federal money for environmental projects, including restoration of
the barrier islands.
Barbour says the islands are "speed bumps" for hurricanes.
Some other statistics from the report:
- More than 350 thousand Mississippians have received,
collectively, $1.2 billion in individual assistance from the
Federal Emergency Management Agency.
- 46 billion cubic yards of debris have been removed at a cost
of more than $700 million.
- The number of families living in FEMA trailers has been