Corps Starts Final Debris Sweep In Jackson County Cities

The U.S. Corps of Engineers is starting its final sweep for roadside hurricane debris on June 1 for each city inside of Jackson County. Residents must bring Katrina debris to the side of the road immediately to ensure removal before the Corps' clean-up mission ends.

David Groves, Hurricane Debris Coordinator for Unified Command, says the Corps is planning one final pass down each street in all four cities by the end of June.

"Storm debris should be placed on the public road connecting to your property and within 10 feet of the roadway. And please, be aware of power lines, fire hydrants, and other types of utility meters when stacking debris," Groves said.

Groves reminds residents and volunteers, construction debris from home or business repairs doesn't count as hurricane debris.

"This roadside pick-up is only for debris caused by Hurricane Katrina. Building contractors and roofers are required by law to take all construction materials to an approved landfill," Groves said.

If residents need help with debris clean up, the C.O.R.E. Volunteer Center (Hwy. 57 and Hwy. 90) is available to assist. Residents, churches or nonprofit organizations should call (228) 875-3416.