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 >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:26:30 GMT
Community members and fellow classmates of Natalie Hightower are gathering tonight for a candlelight vigil in her honor. The 12-year-old Vancleave Middle School student underwent surgery this past MondayMore >>
They came, looking like a sea of orange--Natalie's favorite color, more than 200 strong.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 9:43 PM EDT2013-05-20 01:43:50 GMT
A Vancleave man was rescued around 7 Sunday evening after his kayak overturned. According to DMR Public Relations Manager Lauren Thompson said DMR received a report about the incident around 6:30 p.m.More >>
A Vancleave man was rescued around 7 Sunday evening after his kayak overturned.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:35:23 GMT
COLUMBUS, MS (AP) - Authorities have resumed the search for two young brothers who were passengers in an all-terrain vehicle that overturned in a Mississippi creek. Columbus Fire Chief Kenneth MooreMore >>
Authorities have recovered the body of a 6-year-old boy who apparently drowned after an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a Mississippi creek, while the search for his brother continued.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:08 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:08:12 GMT
Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's department say the body of Timothy Gordon, Sr. was found just after 12 p.m. Saturday on the Escatawpa River. Friday evening around 5:30, Gordon and anotherMore >>
The search in Moss Point is over. The body of 55-year-old boater Timothy Gordon has been pulled from the Escatapwa River. Now investigators are saying marijuana may have been involved in the accident.
If you have flood insurance, you're in for a shock. A bill was signed
into law last summer by the president with little fanfare. The
Biggert-Waters act essentially reforms the National Flood Insurance
Program to make it solvent. But with that change come large rate
increases for flood insurance policies.
Steve Mitchell is the operations manager for the City of Pascagoula. When he first heard of Biggert-Waters, little did he know the impact it would have in city flood zones. Now he does.
"In essence, if you have a property that's located in a V zone, of course, you're at a higher risk and you're not built to the current flood elevations, then you could see up to 25 percent per year," Mitchell explained.
JoAnn Roberts and her family have lived on the banks of the Singing River for decades. She has flood insurance, but with large rate increases on the way, she sees troubled financial waters in her future.
"I would either have to go in my savings, and I don't have that much, or eventually I would probably have to sell my home," Roberts said. "I don't know of anything else I could do."
Realtors like Chester Harvey are concerned as well.
"Well, obviously, it's not going to be good for our market. We've been depressed for so long and anything that adds to the bottom line of someone's house note, will certainly be affected, and not for the good," Harvey said.
In an area that's been plagued by rising private insurance rates ever since Katrina, any rise in rates in the National Flood Insurance Program could possibly prove damaging to future economic development.
Joe Huffman is the Pascagoula City Manager.
"Every day we are competing with other communities for businesses and activities such as that and any edge we lose with an insurance rate increase, I think, is detrimental to our overall effort," Huffman said.
Even if the flood insurance program becomes solvent, Huffman feels other economic damage could offset that.
"If you have less investment along the coastline, what impact does that have on economy and the ability to pay other costs of government at the federal level?" Huffman asked.
Good questions indeed.
Once new rates and guidelines are established, homeowners and businesses could start seeing rate increases beginning in August.
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