Moving 13,000 families out of FEMA trailers into permanent homes is the biggest challenge Mississippi faces two years after Katrina, according to a report Gov. Haley Barbour released assessing Mississippi's recovery. The report was released August 26 at the Southern Governors Association convention, which was held at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi.
The report says that more than $23.5 billion of government money has been put into Mississippi's recovery, with most coming from the federal government.
Some other statistics from the report:
- More than 350,000 Mississippians have received, collectively, $1.2 billion in individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
- 46 billion cubic yards of debris has been removed at a cost of more than $700 million.
- The number of families living in FEMA trailers has been reduced to 13,000 from a high of 48,000.