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Reducing Our Risk
Organization: City of Hattiesburg
Hattiesburg covers an area of almost 50 square miles in south central Mississippi. It is situated at the confluence of three significant water bodies, the Bouie River, Leaf River and Gordon's Creek. The city has a history of severe weather events including flood, hurricane and tornado. Flooding mitigation programs in partnership with the Corps of Engineers have helpd reduce the impact of seasonal flooding but flooding does occur in some low lying areas. The city in partnership with federal, state and private entities has worked to embrace the challenge of disasters.
Hattiesburg, known as "The HUB City" is a major transportation center for the south, serving interstate and state highways plus three major railroad lines - Norfolk Southern, Canadian National and Kansas City Southern. These lines intersect in the city's historic downtown district. Hattiesburg is also an active Amtrack station connecting the city to Atlanta (N) and New Orleans (S).