Moss Point Company Makes Progress In Local Debris Removal

It's been almost three months since Jackson County officials fired the U.S Army Corps of Engineers from picking up debris in the county.

Now the new crew from Moss Point, M&D Construction, has taken on the huge task of cleaning up the mess. But with the March 15th deadline to get debris picked up quickly approaching, the pressure is on.

"It is a tough job," says M&D Construction Vice President Judy Vice.

But somebody has to do it, and M&D Construction has from sun up to sun down.

"We have moved a lot more than the previous contractor had moved in a lot shorter time frame," Vice says.

According to Vice, 600,000 cubic yards of debris have been picked up. That's more than 80 percent of the debris in Jackson County.

"It is six months after the storm and we are trying our best to clean it up as fast as possible," Vice says.

And that dedication has Jackson County Supervisor John McKay smiling.

"M&D has been real responsive. Any time we have a problem, we have been able to call them and contact the people to look at the problem. They gave it a real effort to try and solve it."

And he says the county is receiving fewer complaints from residents.

"We do not get near the calls. Of course, we 85 percent cleaned up, so naturally we get fewer calls."

William Shulting isn't picking up the phone to complain about M&D. In fact, he says watching the workers clean up the mess in his neighborhood is a wonderful sight.

"It was piled sky high, but it has pretty well been removed," Shulting says.

While there is still work to be done, he is pleased with the effort so far.

"They have done a really good job. I am happy with that."