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Harrison County moving more booms into place


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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."

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