JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Five years after Hurricane Katrina obliterated the Mississippi Gulf Coast, much of the state's recovery initiatives in housing, infrastructure systems and emergency communications, have been successful according to "Five Years After Katrina: Progress Report on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal," the annual progress report released Thursday by Gov. Haley Barbour.
"The progress we have made in these five years is a testament to the strength and determination of Mississippians," Gov. Barbour said. "We have a strong supply of affordable housing just five years after this terrible storm wiped away so many neighborhoods. We have rebuilt utility and transportation systems. We have secured funding for a massive upgrade of our emergency communications system that will help not only the Gulf Coast but the entire state.
"We now have the ability to focus on long-term solutions that keep our coast vibrant and economically successful," Gov. Barbour said. "Projects like restoring the Port of Gulfport will provide well-paying jobs for our citizens while restoring the barrier islands will protect the coast from severe damage caused by future storms."
Two major priorities for long-term success - restoring the Port of Gulfport and the barrier islands - remain in the early stages of progress. The report details recovery efforts in the years since Hurricane Katrina, the largest natural disaster in American history, slammed into Mississippi on Aug. 29, 2005.
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