Unique Properties Lost To Katrina Receiving Markers In MS

GULFPORT, MS (AP) — Twenty-nine Mississippi properties lost to Hurricane Katrina are being immortalized with cast aluminum markers.

         Officials say many properties with unique architectural features fall victim to debris-removal projects after a storm.

         Kenneth P'Pool, deputy state historic preservation officer, tells The Sun Herald’s James Skrmetta that during Katrina cleanup, there was little time to follow the steps required by a National Historic Preservation Act, to document or preserve damaged buildings with unique features.

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         P'Pool says a new program surveyed historic districts, properties and archaeological sites in the six counties most affected by Katrina and created a database that will help emergency-management officials in future disasters.

         Officials say one of the buildings being remembered with a marker is the wooden Church of the Redeemer in Biloxi.

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