February 25, 2006 - Posted at 1:16 p.m. CST
WAVELAND, Miss. (AP) _ Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour says
recovery from Hurricane Katrina in his state will be measured in
years, not months.
In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press, Barbour
says his long term worry is the lack of affordable housing. There's
no place to put the people who are needed to fill thousands of jobs
that are going begging along the Gulf Coast.
Barbour says in an average year, 15-hundred homes are built
along the Gulf but ``Katrina took out more than 70-thousand of
them.'' It will take years to replace them all.
Barbour says a lot of the problems are interlocking. Without
child care and affordable housing, mothers with young children
can't work. He says people can't start building until they have
access to utilities but they can't get that access until debris is
Barbour's short-term problem is the next hurricane season and
the difficulty any new evacuations would cause.