Mississippi Governor Reflects on Long Road to Recovery From Katrina

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.

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