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Mississippi's Recovery, Fast and Steadfast

By Wilma Larwill

Mississippi Still a Great Place to Live

The world watched in shock and horror as the images poured

in documenting the death and mass destruction caused by

Hurricane Katrina. The hard work and sacrifices of past

and current generations seemed to be destroyed in the blink

of an eye along with the hopes and dreams of residents

caught up in the devastating storm.

It took some time to assess the true extent of the damage

from Hurricane Katrina and then there was one question that

demanded an answer. People wondered whether or not places

like Mississippi could ever possibly recover. Still others

questioned the wisdom of rebuilding places prone to

hurricanes, like New Orleans, again.

Hats off to the indomitable will of citizens of the United

States, particularly those living in the great state of

Mississippi, they do not accept defeat so easily. No doubt,

it will take many years, if not decades, to recover from the

damage and destruction, but they will recover, and some

forms of recovery will have to occur at a faster pace than

others due to their importance to the health of Mississippi

and that of the United States itself.

The Mississippi river is the main inland waterway ferrying

millions of tons of goods and products, making its

gatekeeper, the state of Mississippi, an important center of

economic activity not only for the region but for the entire

country. The river serves as a conduit for millions of tons

of products that are transported up river every year. It

appears that the hurricane may have temporarily damaged this

important mode of transportation thus bringing to halt a

fair portion of the local and national economy.

Mississippi is also very important to the nation's energy

production. It has several refineries in the state that are

responsible for converting crude oil into gasoline, diesel

and other petroleum products. Hurricane Katrina's

destruction not only harmed the local Mississippi economy,

but it also did some major damage to the nation as a whole.

The economic impact of the hurricane was such that it caused

a large hike in the energy prices of the nation. Since no

less than twenty-five percent of the petroleum comes from

the states on the Gulf Coast, the impact on the national

economy was severe. The nation struggled to stabilize the

supply and prices. But the impact on the local economy has

been much larger as the petroleum business constitutes

nearly eighty percent of the total mineral production in


The destruction to the offshore fishing industry in

Mississippi was also devastating to the state but it did

not have anywhere near the impact as the loss of the

refining facilities. Biloxi is a major hub for the shrimp

industry and it was virtually wiped out by Katrina.

Despite the terrible destruction of Hurricane Katrina the

state will not only survive, it will eventually thrive. The

dedication with which the Gulf Coast states like Mississippi

are being rebuilt and the kind of money that is going into

it will ultimately create a stronger state with an even

brighter economic future.

About The Author
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