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Jackson Co. declares Local Emergency; BP opens Pascagoula office

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Jackson County Board of Supervisors approved a "Declaration of Local Emergency" Monday morning in advance of a possible oil slick.

Emergency Operations Manager Donald Langham requested the declaration as a precautionary step and is now activating the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. EOC staff can be reached at (228) 769-3111. The Board will review the need for a declaration in seven days.

Langham reported oil boom crews were going out Monday afternoon to reposition and re-anchor booms across Jackson County waterways which broke lose during this weekend's severe weather. MDEQ reports more than 90,000 linear feet of oil booms are being deployed in Jackson County.

District Five Supervisor John McKay also announced a Town Hall meeting Thursday, May 6 at Elk's Lodge in Gulf Park Estates at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will focus on the oil spill and subsequent oil slick. BP representatives and County emergency managers will be present to update residents and take questions.

The Board also met with representatives from the BP Corporation during Monday's meeting. BP announced it's opening an office in Pascagoula to handle possible damage claims and as a future volunteer coordination center. The office is located at 710 Delmas Ave. in Downtown Pascagoula.

BP has also established several new hot line phone numbers. Residents interested in volunteering in a possible clean-up can call 866-448-5816. Boat and vessel owners interested in working on the clean-up can call 281-366-5511.

Hotline phone numbers are now operating to report possible damages resulting from the oil spill and subsequent slick.

Animals covered in oil: 1-866-557-1401 (leave message).

Oil on shore line: 1-866-448-5816

Damage from oil spill: 1-800-440-0858

The Jackson County Small Craft Harbor in Ocean Springs remains closed to incoming and outgoing traffic. The County deployed two sets of oil booms on Saturday, May 1 in an effort to protect the harbor's facility and leaseholders' vessels. Harbor Master Lesley Hamm is urging all boat owners to use caution when approaching any coastlines to prevent any damage to oil booms.

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