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Cleaning up Isaac's mess in Biloxi

A City of Biloxi contractor uses a knuckle boom to pick up Hurricane Isaac debris from the public right of way along First Street on Biloxi’s east end on Tuesday morning. (Photo source: City of Biloxi/Vincent Creel) A City of Biloxi contractor uses a knuckle boom to pick up Hurricane Isaac debris from the public right of way along First Street on Biloxi’s east end on Tuesday morning. (Photo source: City of Biloxi/Vincent Creel)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

It's debris pick up time in the City of Biloxi. Two heavy machinery crews from Crowder Gulf were hired to take their crane trucks up and down every single street in Biloxi to pick up the mess Hurricane Isaac left behind.

Jonathan Kiser, a Neel Schaffer traffic engineer, said, "There's two crews right now working around the city and picking up debris from Hurricane Isaac."

On Tuesday, hard hit Eagle Point was their focus. Within the next 10 days, every street in Biloxi will be combed for debris to pick up and haul away. For these debris removal sub-contractors, this is a fairly easy job compared to some in the past.

"Katrina we picked up a lot more, almost 3 million cubic yards, so this is nowhere near that," Kiser said. "This is probably a 10 to 15 thousand cubic yard range, based on what's on the street right now."

If your storm debris isn't on the street yet and you live anywhere in the City of Biloxi, Kiser has a few requests.

"We ask people to bring out storm related debris. Don't put it on top of utilities. Put it at the public right of way. Don't put it under power lines. These have crane operated lifts on them to pick up material, if you put a lot of material under a power line it may not get picked up as quickly because they can't get to it as easily, which means it will take longer."

But so far, he says, they're right on schedule and he appreciates everyone's patience and help as they clean up Biloxi from Hurricane Isaac.

"People have been very cooperative. You know, this is a aggravation to a lot of residents, but we've seen a lot worse. So people have been real polite and considerate."

The cost of the debris removal won't be known until the job is done. It will be paid for by FEMA, MEMA and a small percentage being paid for by the City of Biloxi.

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