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Hancock County Gets $200 Million For Recovery Projects

BAY ST. LOUIS (WLOX) -- Hancock County will receive $200 million in federal funds for major recovery projects from Hurricane Katrina. That announcement came Thursday morning from Governor Haley Barbour, Senator Roger Wicker and U.S. Representative Gene Taylor.

The money will help rebuild the Hancock County Jail, finance an extensive renovation of downtown Bay St. Louis, and four-lane parts of Highway 603.

Other projects, such as the Galena C. Jones Facility/Boys and Girls Club, Waveland Little League Fields, Bay St. Louis Arts and Cultural Center, and the Pearlington Library and Gym, will also be eligible to apply, along with water/sewer projects, community centers, and rebuilding work at volunteer fire and rescue facilities around the county.

"Hancock County sustained a significant loss of housing and infrastructure as well as losing nearly all its public facilities, so it is rightly known as ‘ground zero' for Hurricane Katrina.  By designating this money we're ensuring that even our hardest hit areas, like Waveland and Bay St. Louis, get the resources necessary to rebuild bigger and better than ever," Governor Barbour said.

"For Mississippians on the Gulf Coast, Katrina is more than one issue-it is every issue," Sen. Wicker said.  "Nowhere is this more true than in Hancock County.  These funds will go a long way towards rebuilding basic infrastructure and helping Hancock County build back stronger than before."

"These federal funds that are flowing through the state of Mississippi will help us in what has been a long journey to rebuild the area.  We are grateful for the assistance of Governor Barbour, and for Sen. Thad Cochran's work to secure the funds.  This is one step in the recovery, but I am also aware that we still have a very long way to go," Rep. Taylor said.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development must still approve a funding plan submitted by the state. Governor Barbour said he's confident that will happen.

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