Beach Crews Busy With Storm Clean Up

The storm damage in Harrison County means plenty of extra work for beach crews.

Wind and waves ripped apart piers, tossed broken shrimp boats ashore and blew sand over the sea wall.

Beach workers began the task of picking up the pieces Tuesday.

The beach itself weathered the storm pretty well. Some sand was lost to the wind and waves, but the bigger concern from this storm is debris, especially in East Biloxi.

Beach crews there started the day collecting the largest pieces of litter.

"We had a lot of debris that washed up in the Biloxi area as a result of some shrimp boats that had broken up in the storm," said Sand Beach Director, Bobby Weaver.

His crews crews collected several such piles in East Biloxi. Allison washed ashore a variety of marine litter.

Heavy equipment will be used to help restore the shore.

"First of all we want to get through and get all the large timbers. And we certainly would ask any of the public who want to go on the beach to be aware that there are timbers with nails in it. And try to stay away from those segments until we get them picked up," said Weaver.

Workers removed boards from a piece of the Porter Avenue pier which washed ashore. Another piece of that same pier became the perfect beach spot for a visiting Ohio family.

"We saw it up here on the sand, so we thought we would use it," said Ann Quinlan of Cleveland, Ohio.

The Quinlans didn't realize the wooden bench and boards actually belong at the end of the nearby pier. Storm damage or not, it proved quite useful.

"It's coming in real handy. It keeps everything off the sand for us, so we're going to take advantage of it," said Steve Quinlan.

The family also welcomes the much improved weather. They arrived just in time for Allison.

"We got here Sunday afternoon. Just in time for the huge storm," said Ann Quinlan.

Beach dwelling birds took a deadly hit from the storm. Storm driven waves washed away hundreds of least tern nests, displacing eggs and killing many chicks.

But the terns should have enough time to recover this summer.

Jan Dubisson is with the Coast Audubon Society.

"It's early enough this year for them to re mate and re nest. It takes three weeks from the time they mate to lay eggs and then another three weeks for the chicks to get to the point where they can fly."