Crews ready to tackle beach debris on Tuesday

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Crews are getting ready to take on the monumental task of cleaning up the beach in Harrison County after being savaged by Hurricane Isaac's constant wind and storm surge.

Evidence of the storm can be found from the water line all the way to Highway 90.

"We'll be able to start the beach debris clean up Tuesday morning," said Harrison County Sand Beach Authority Director Chuck Loftis.

Loftis spent the day with representatives from FEMA and MEMA.

"We just want to make sure they see everything," Loftis said. "I'm not sure how long they'll be here, so we want to show them as much as we possibly can."

Since a state of emergency was declared, the county hopes to be eligible for federal clean up funds to work on restoring serious beach erosion and repair piers like the Jim Simpson Pier in Long Beach.

"We had this pier rebuilt after Katrina at a cost of $375,000," Loftis said. "The Corps of Engineers just finished a project that cost $1.7 million for dunes and vegetation. A lot was lost. We hope to get something back from MEMA and FEMA to redo them."

Even though the beach is closed, people were still spending their Labor Day beach side. Officials caution against it because of dangerous conditions.

Damage assessments are still being done. The clean up shifts into high gear on Tuesday.

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