Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:15:57 GMT
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night. Several WLOX viewers called our newsroom to tell us about it. One person called whileMore >>
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:25 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:25:10 GMT
The search is on in north Picayune for two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee. Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were last seen leaving a mobile home on Pea Ridge Road in Picayune.More >>
Two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee were captured around 6:30 Thursday morning according to Pearl River Sheriff's Department. According to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison, Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were caught at the corner of Ozona Richardson Road and Richardson Road just after sunrise. That's the same general area authorities had searched Wednesday and early Thursday morning.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:19:04 GMT
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi. After receiving calls and posts from many of our WLOX viewers concernedMore >>
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi.More >>
WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) -
WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - Waveland is under a deadline to get properties in compliance with the federal government's flood regulations.
FEMA recently identified 300 properties that violate the flood rules. And if they're not fixed, the entire city could be kicked out of the National Flood Insurance Program.
City leaders say RVs and camper trailers being used as permanent homes are putting flood insurance all over Waveland at risk. Storage sheds built in a flood zone, like the one we found on Alfred Harris' property, are also a problem, according to city leaders.
"This shed was inspected by the city of Waveland when I built it. It was approved," Harris said. "If they would get out of their car and come off the road, they can see water can flow through this shed."
Harris said he built his shed slightly off the ground so that flood waters can travel through it, meeting the flood requirements. But according to Mayor David Garcia, FEMA doesn't consider that good enough. And it could end up hurting everyone in Waveland.
"We have 60 days to keep Waveland off of probation," Garcia said. "Everyone that lives within a special flood plain area that has a flood insurance policy would have seen a $50 increase in their premium for that year, or they have an option to suspend us from the program."
Of the 300 properties cited by FEMA, Garcia said most owners have agreed to make the changes needed to comply. Only about 70 still pose problems.
"FEMA would remove those properties from the National Flood Insurance Program's database and flood insurance would never ever be able to be purchased on the properties. And if there are any mortgages, Katrina grant funds, SBA loans on the property, they would be demanded to pay it back at that point."
Eight property owners have gone on record saying they have no plans to comply, so the mayor said they will be headed to court.
Mayor Garcia said city leaders don't want to be the bad guy. They just want to keep the availability of flood insurance, so Waveland can continue to grow.
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