Hurricane Isaac made a mess of Highway 90. Standing water, blowing sand and lots of debris are the reasons the beach front highway was closed much of the day.
"I guess people don't understand what "closed" means," said Vincent Necaise, who supervises MDOT clean-up crews on Highway 90.
He says traffic has been a challenge to work around, and that's one reason the highway was closed.
Here's one reason for the closure: Standing water on the highway poses a safety hazard. Plus, heavy equipment needs room to maneuver. And those crews and equipment are working from bridge to bridge.
"We've got front end loaders. Motor graders. Back hoes. Scooping up sand and debris and loading it onto trucks and getting it out of the road and making it passable. We've got crews all the way from Clark County, down through Harrison County and Hancock County trying to get this sand and debris cleaned-up off the road," said Necaise.
While some crews guide the giant front end loaders to remove the sand, Willie Lee and Joshua Feat put their shovels to work, clearing the storm drains.
"Not bad. It's just getting stuff out of them, so they can drain," said Feat.
"A lot of trash, lot of trash. Nothing valuable, just trash," added Lee.
"That's very important, because if it comes a rain, and the drains are still full of sand, they won't drain," said Necaise.
Debris from the broken boardwalk and piers litters the area near the old Gulfport VA. It's a different storm, but the same old post-hurricane assignment for M-DOT crews: Clean our highway.
"We're about used to it. We can do it with our eyes closed now," said Necaise.
They certainly made significant progress on the clean-up Friday. As in past storms, the parking lot at the foot of Courthouse Road is where they're taking much of the sand scooped from the highway. That will be recycled back onto the sand beach, which of course will need its own clean-up after Isaac.
Friday, August 29 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-08-29 20:50:26 GMT
Special Judge Hollis McGehee has decided to dismiss an election challenge filed by Chris McDaniel..More >>
Special Judge Hollis McGehee has decided to dismiss an election challenge filed by Chris McDaniel. The judge announced his decision Friday in Gulfport, but that may not be the end to the legal battle between the two candidates.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 1:30 PM EDT2014-08-29 17:30:06 GMT
Gruesome and disturbing new details were revealed Friday morning in a pre-trial hearing for the man accused of killing 5-year-old Janaya ThompsonMore >>
Gruesome and disturbing new details were revealed Friday morning in a pre-trial hearing for the man accused of killing 5-year-old Janaya Thompson. The Gulfport girl was sexually assaulted and strangled in July. Alberto Julio Garcia is charged with capital murder in the case. During Friday's hearing, prosecutors revealed that DNA evidence found on Janaya's body has come back from the crime lab with a positive match for Garcia's DNA.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:40:25 GMT
Officials continue to search for the man who beat and robbed a woman during a home invasion in Yazoo City on Monday night. According to her family, 85-year-old Jeanelle Fratesi answered her front doorMore >>
According to her family, 85-year-old Jeanelle Fratesi answered her front door for a person she thought needed help.
Friday, August 29 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:45:32 GMT
It was a short and simple ceremony on the Biloxi Town Green Friday morning to mark the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. High school students solemnly read the names of those killed by the storm.More >>
A small crowd gathered on the town green in Biloxi on Friday morning for the annual Hurricane Katrina observance. Nine years after the storm, Mayor A.J. Holloway acknowledged the tremendous losses, but also talked about the significant progress that's been made in the years since.More >>