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Hancock County officials are prepared to wait and see

By Michelle Lady - e-mail

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - Hancock County officials met Saturday for an update on the Coastal Crisis. Officials say the spill is currently about 15 miles from the Barrier Islands and is expected to reach the shores of Hancock County by late Sunday or Monday.

25,000 more feet of boom went into the waters from Bayou Caddy to the Pearl River Saturday.

Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame says he believes in the emergency plans BP and officials have come up with.

"I think we all agreed here today that we are all going to really work, through a conservative way, though the EOC as a collective voice and not have them have to deal with the complete entity on a daily bases," Fillingame said.

Hancock County Civil Defense Director Bryan Adam stresses there is one thing residents need to do to prepare.

"We are asking people who live in the area that might be affected by the oil to take pictures of your bulkhead, equipment, so we will know what it was like before," Adam said.

But it's not only the oil that has officials worried.

Adam said, "There is a two fold problem. We have the rising water, put water over our streets and also the oil problem. Pay attention to where you live and know what you must do to get out."

For those who do not live in low lying areas, Police Chief Jimmy Varnell is asking for your cooperation.

"Be safe. If you don't have to go down the beach, try to stay away from the beach area everyone wants to look, but it will make it a whole lot easier if everyone would just stay away from the beach," Varnell said.

Hancock County officials say they have plans in place ready to be enacted, but for now, all they can do is wait.

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