Harrison County moving more booms into place - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Harrison County moving more booms into place

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

By Krystal Allan – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Emergency Management officials in Harrison County met Sunday afternoon to coordinate efforts along the coast.

Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacey said his team has not gone into 24 hour response mode just yet.  Lacey said, for now, they're working with BP to secure more booms to enclose areas like the harbors, ports and the 26 miles of sand beach.

"They haven't told us 'no' but they also haven't told us 'yes.' We want to protect as many of our assets as we can," Lacey said.

In Pass Christian, as with other cities, the request is the same: more booms.

"We have 1,000 feet in place, and we have requested 10,000 feet to double boom the exterior of the harbor," Pass Christian Emergency Management Director Dwight Gordon said.

In Mayor Billie Skellie's city of Long Beach, they've already closed the harbor. City leaders are also looking for more booms to protect areas like its bayous.

"We don't know about oil spills, so we're having to be nurtured along. We're doing everything we've been told to do. We're progressing and doing it," Skellie said.

Lacey couldn't say definitively how soon or for how long the beaches could be closed. He pointed to Mother Nature having the final say in that decision.

"We could say possibly tomorrow, but again it's dealing with the elements," Lacey said. "With as much crude in the Gulf, we know we're going to see the wash-up. We're going to be doing a recovery on the beaches for a long time."

Copyright 2010 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • LIST: Some South Mississippi schools cancel Wednesday classes because of cold

    LIST: Some South Mississippi schools cancel Wednesday classes because of cold

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 9:45 PM EST2018-01-17 02:45:46 GMT

    Another winter blast reaches South Mississippi Tuesday and the forecast includes the possibility of snow and ice in several counties in South Mississippi. So, some school administrators are taking no chances.

    More >>

    Another winter blast reaches South Mississippi Tuesday and the forecast includes the possibility of snow and ice in several counties in South Mississippi. So, some school administrators are taking no chances.

    More >>
  • House plan: Little change in aid to schools in next 2 years

    House plan: Little change in aid to schools in next 2 years

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 7:26 PM EST2018-01-17 00:26:04 GMT

    There would be little change in state aid to Mississippi public school districts in the next two years under a new funding formula being pushed by House Republican leaders.

    More >>

    There would be little change in state aid to Mississippi public school districts in the next two years under a new funding formula being pushed by House Republican leaders.

    More >>
  • Wintry mix possible Tuesday evening

    Wintry mix possible Tuesday evening

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 7:05 PM EST2018-01-17 00:05:05 GMT
    A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the low possibility of snow, ice, and rain this afternoon and evening.A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the low possibility of snow, ice, and rain this afternoon and evening.

    While there is increasing confidence in wintry mix actually happening this evening in South MS, the question remains will it be enough to actually cause a major travel hazard.

    More >>

    While there is increasing confidence in wintry mix actually happening this evening in South MS, the question remains will it be enough to actually cause a major travel hazard.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly