BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - President Obama will not visit the Mississippi Gulf Coast for the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Wednesday, the White House announced the president will travel to New Orleans on Thursday, August 27 to meet with Mayor Mitch Landrieu and residents. But noticeably absent from the schedule was any stop in Mississippi, which was Ground Zero for the deadly storm.
The news release said Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate and other FEMA officials will attend commemoration events in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas in the days leading up to the anniversary.
On August 26, Administrator Fugate will visit several Mississippi schools that have rebuilt following Hurricane Katrina.
On August 27, HUD Secretary Julián Castro will join a bipartisan group of elected officials for an event hosted by Senator Thad Cochran at the Port of Gulfport.
Also on Thursday, August 27, NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan will visit businesses in Biloxi that have rebuilt to become more resilient to future storms.
The Gulf Restoration Council will host public meetings all along the coast, including Mississippi, as part of its ongoing efforts to restore the ecosystem and economy of the Gulf Coast region. Those meetings will include representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Army, U.S. Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency.
Throughout the week, Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers AmeriCorps, will travel to the Mississippi communities of Waveland, Gulfport, and Biloxi as well as Baton Rouge and New Orleans in Louisiana to participate in events highlighting the critical efforts of service organizations, first responders, the higher education community, and key stakeholders who have invested in recovery efforts over the past 10 years