Supervisors Want Answers About Storm Shelters - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

07/11/05

Supervisors Want Answers About Storm Shelters

In North Gulfport, the Good Deeds Community Center usually opens its doors as a storm shelter. But it's not approved by the Red Cross. So during Hurricane Dennis the center stayed shut, and Supervisor William Martin wants to know why. 

"It wasn't on their list but the people in that area don't know of any other shelter. That's the only place they know to go. So we've got to do a better job of getting information to the public," Martin says.

Supervisor Bobby Eleuterius says shelter location is another concern. He wonders why the city of D'Iberville doesn't have one when, for years, the high school housed people forced out of their homes by storms.

"The high school, it was used during Camille and got no water and we cannot understand why they refuse to open it up in the city. They leave the city to tell them they have to evacuate, but don't give them anywhere to go except way up into the county or back into the City of Biloxi," Eleuterius says.

Red Cross Director Oscar Barnes says the national Red Cross frowns on opening the Good Deeds Community Center and D'Iberville High School because they're in flood zones, endangered by the storm surge. 

"They're located in the zone according to the maps that tells us we shouldn't open those shelters in particular storms and that's the criteria we're going by," Barnes says.

Barnes says there are 11 other shelters countywide where people can go to stay safe. He says the entire city of D'Iberville is considered a flood zone and that's why he says there are no approved Red Cross shelters within the city limits.

byMarcia Hill

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