Abandoned Vehicles Tagged For Removal In Biloxi

Starting next week, Biloxi will remove flooded or destroyed cars that have littered city streets since Katrina hit.

City officials say over the past three weeks, debris removal crews have found about 1800 abandoned vehicles. The crews are putting orange tags on those cars, warning owners to remove them within 48 hours, or the city will tow them away.

"They pose a threat to public safety and public health. Public safety because they have oil and gasoline in them, and public health because a lot of them have been flooded and they could have mold and mildew in them. And we just needed to move them off the streets," Biloxi Spokesman Vincent Creel said.

The tagged cars will be stored on public property, and FEMA is expected to reimburse the city for the towing costs.