Federal funds spark flurry of Katrina-related projects

After a hurricane, putting Humpty Dumpty back together again is no simple task. But now that federal relief funds are beginning to flow, Hancock County, Miss., has a long list of recovery projects either already under way, in the application process, or on the drawing board.

It all stems from damages done by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

Aside from making hundreds of people homeless, the storm also destroyed or made inoperable a host of county government facilities including the courthouse, jail and sheriff’s headquarters, the emergency operations center, the health and human services complex, and other buildings.

Slowly and painfully, a plan resembling a huge jigsaw puzzle has been put together to rebuild county government. It involves no fewer than 21 projects to either repair or completely reconstruct facilities critical to the functions and services of government

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