Port Of Gulfport Rebuilds Covered Storage Space

GULFPORT (WLOX) -- The Port of Gulfport has taken a huge step in recovery. Port officials say they've managed to rebuild 400,000 of the 700,000 square feet of covered storage space Hurricane Katrina destroyed.

The port director says he's already trying to lure back the companies that had to take their businesses elsewhere after the storm, which would also bring back jobs.

"The fact that we are returning storage capacity, returns jobs. Because a lot of jobs went away as capacity went away. As capacity and facilities come back, the jobs will come back," Port of Gulfport Director Don Allee said.

Allee says the covered space is for companies whose cargo doesn't require temperature control.