Harrison County

Biloxi awarded $9 million to purchase easements

JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD 
 Employees of Oscar Renda Contracting dig up a section of Bayview Avenue as they work on infrastructure in Biloxi on Monday Nov. 2, 2015. While the work continues for three more years, some of the heaviest traveled roads will get temporary pavement to make them easier to drive.
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD Employees of Oscar Renda Contracting dig up a section of Bayview Avenue as they work on infrastructure in Biloxi on Monday Nov. 2, 2015. While the work continues for three more years, some of the heaviest traveled roads will get temporary pavement to make them easier to drive. SUN HERALD

Biloxi will receive a nearly $9 million to purchase infrastructure easements, according to senators Thad Cochran, R-Miss.. and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., announced Tuesday.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will award a Public Assistance grant of $8,955,627 to Biloxi for ongoing work to improve infrastructure damaged during Hurricane Katrina and subsequent storms.

"Biloxi will be able to use these funds to improve its water and wastewater systems to withstand future storms," Cochran said.

"This FEMA grant offers critical funding to Biloxi to make infrastructure upgrades in preparation for future storms," Wicker said. "Local residents will benefit from these improvements and the community will be stronger and better-equipped in the long run."

The funding will be used to purchase permanent easements required to replace damaged water and sewer infrastructure. No state or local matching funds are required with this award.

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