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Ocean Springs Harbor prepares to fight massive oil spill


By Patrice Clark – bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The Ocean Springs Harbor will shutdown Saturday to protect boats and water from the massive oil spill in the Gulf. Harbor Master Lesley Hamm and the Emergency Management team are preparing to place boom protectors in the water and boat owners have the option of removing their vessels.  

Ocean Springs Harbor employees spent Friday morning calling more than 100 boat owners and posting closing signs. The county is temporarily shutting down the harbor, Saturday to guard the coastal waters from an evasion of oil. Hamm said closing is one of the safest steps when dealing with a massive spill. 

"The slick on top of the water will remain for quite some time. We don't have the extreme tides that will take in and out as necessary," Hamm said. 

Once the harbor is closed, work crews plan to stretch booms across the mouth of the harbor to stop any oil from coming in. Hamm hopes that will protect any boats from being damaged. 

"It is a bad situation. We are trying to work diligently to make every effort possible to minimize the impact we will be facing." 

David Harris is hoping the booms will do the job because he's not going to move his boat out of the water. 

"We will hunker down and hold on," Harris said. 

Boater Woddie Allen is not so optimistic. 

"It started out just praying and hoping, now it just turned to almost just giving up," Allen said. 

 Allen said the oil spill is already costing him and many others at the harbor. 

"The damage is already done. All we can do is hope and pray." 

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