Spraggins said one of the biggest challenges in the next few days will be finding places to put thousands of mobile homes and travel trailers that will be used as temporary housing. He said efforts will be made to let homeowners put mobile homes on or near their own property. Emergency officials also are looking for spaces to establish mobile home parks.
Pass Christian alderman Joseph Piernas said his town, with a population of 8,500 people, needs temporary housing for 8,200 people. He estimated that between 50 and 100 families are now living in the town but everybody else is evacuated to shelters, motel rooms and private homes further inland.
Mississippi Gaming Commission director Larry Gregory said he and commission chairman Jerry St. Pe are traveling to Las Vegas this week to meet with casino executives about the companies' plans to rebuild along the coast. Most of the 12 casinos in Biloxi, Gulfport and Bay St. Louis were heavily damaged, as was the 13th casino that originally was to open this month.
''We just kind of want to sit down eye to eye and look at them and see if they are gong to commit to rebuilding,'' Gregory said. ''They have told us verbally, all of them, that they are going to rebuild.''