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Jackson Co. prepares to remove debris from storm damaged homes

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Piles of storm debris lining streets across Jackson County will soon disappear. The county is preparing to pick up the debris on Wednesday. Piles of storm debris lining streets across Jackson County will soon disappear. The county is preparing to pick up the debris on Wednesday.
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Piles of storm debris lining streets across Jackson County will soon disappear. The county is preparing to pick up the debris on Wednesday.  Residents said the pickup will help restore order in their communities after Hurricane Isaac left them in chaos. 

Martha Bond lives in Helena. She said Isaac flooded her home and drenched a lot of her personal items.

"Couches and chairs, bedding, just an assortment of things," Bond said.  

Bond has been working since the storm to get all the damaged stuff out of her home and on the front lawn for it to go. 

"It is a reminder of what happened, but it is also a health hazard because I am sure that mold is sitting there growing." 

Starting Wednesday, road crews will begin removing Bond's rubble as well as other piles of smelly debris from at least 600 homes in the unincorporated area of the county. 

"We are asking that all residents place their storm debris out by the roadway, and then we will be picking it up with county personal and county equipment. FEMA will pay 75 percent of the cost of collecting all that debris," Supervisor John McKay said. 

Only electronics, large appliances, vegetative and construction debris will be picked up. 

"We hope to get all in this first time, but we are likely to have to do a second run," Supervisor Barry Cumbest said.

Cumbest represents many of the rural communities that Isaac hit hard. 

"Helena area flooded real bad, Orange Grove, East Moss Point, they were all flooded bad," Cumbest said.  

He said his constituents have a whole lot to throw away. In fact, the county is expecting to collect at least 30,000 cubic yards of storm debris. 

"We didn't realize it was going to be this much. The flooding caught us off guard. Of course, you never know what a storm is going to bring until it gets here," said Cumbest. 

Storm debris should be separated on the curbside by electronics, large Appliances, vegetation and construction. Household hazardous waste should be dropped off at the East Road Department County Barn Site on 10825 Highway 63, or the old Moss Point Public Works site at the end of McFarlane Street.

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