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Hurricane KatrinaThe Mississippi Story$
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James Patterson Smith

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617030239

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617030239.001.0001

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Digging Out in a Whirlwind of Contract Controversy

Digging Out in a Whirlwind of Contract Controversy

(p.93) Chapter Five Digging Out in a Whirlwind of Contract Controversy
Hurricane Katrina

James Patterson Smith

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses the cleanup in the aftermath of Katrina. The hurricane left an unprecedented amount of destruction in its wake. Spread over a 90,000-square-mile area in three states, Katrina left 118 million cubic yards of debris. In Mississippi’s bottom six counties, the debris load was initially estimated to be six times the solid waste that the entire state generated in an ordinary year. The removal of the debris also presented a daunting challenge for the local officials, who, under duress, had to make the complicated contracting decisions that got the ruins cleared away.

Keywords:   Katrina, cleanup, contracting, local government

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