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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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The Great Red-Tape Battle for Public Buildings

The Great Red-Tape Battle for Public Buildings

(p.191) Chapter Nine The Great Red-Tape Battle for Public Buildings
Hurricane Katrina

James Patterson Smith

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses how the recovery and rebuilding effort in the aftermath of Katrina was mired in red tape. No one in Mississippi advocated for reduced or limited federal involvement in the Katrina recovery. The need was just too great, and state and private resources were just too limited. Federal dollars administered through FEMA eventually covered the lion’s share of more than $3 billion in costs associated with debris removal and rebuilding schools, public buildings, parks, and other infrastructure lost in the storm. However, delay and uncertainty dogged the federal programs, and were the main enemies confronted by local leaders who were responsible for getting these long-term recovery projects moving.

Keywords:   Katrina, rebuilding, recovery, local government, federal programs, FEMA

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