Recovery Is a Long Road

By: Renee' LaSalle and Wade Phillips
By: Renee' LaSalle and Wade Phillips

The cleanup effort after Hurricane Katrina continues across Mississippi.

In Meridian, city officials say 14,000 tons of debris has already been removed from Meridian's streets.

That's almost as much as the estimated 18,000 tons city officials once believed were there. But now, they say it is likely much more, estimating there could be 27,000 tons of debris on the streets.

Officials say they are still hopeful the company doing the cleanup can get it done within the original sixty-day window.

Meanwhile, Meridian's FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is getting about 150 visits a day.

And, as of Wednesday, FEMA centers in Alabama had received more than 30,000 visits.

Still, FEMA officials say not everyone is aware of the assistance available at the disaster recovery centers.

"They can find out a lot more about the programs available to them," said Tom Cain, FEMA Public Affairs officer. "They can update their information and they can get their questions answered and get help in getting out the paperwork."

To find the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center nearest you call 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or visit

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