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Debris Removal Differs from County to City

"Literally one year after, we're going to be back to pretty much normal operations in Jackson County," Jackson County District V Supervisor John McKay says.

Jackson County Supervisor John McKay is pleased with the cleanup progress the county has made since Katrina. While new FEMA regulations are allowing for assistance in debris removal for another six months. McKay says that that's not necessary for the county.

"We'll make a recommendation to our board that we do not participate in that particular phase of this FEMA authorized cleanup," McKay says.

If the measure is approved, Jackson County residents must comply with the new rules beginning this Tuesday morning.

"Reconstruction debris or building materials, even if it's the cardboard box that you went and bought a new refrigerator in, that type of stuff is not eligible debris, so we can't pick that up," McKay says.

While the deadline is quickly approaching for people in Jackson County, citizens in Pascagoula can look forward to six more months of service. That's because Environmental Compliance Officer David Groves says the city is still picking up 2000 cubic yards of debris a day. That's the equivalent of 1000 washing machines.

Pascagoula resident Ed Jones says, "I really appreciate the city having the foresight to know that all the tear out and tear up is not complete."

Jones says he's gathered at least six piles of debris for the city to remove, and as a citizen of Pascagoula, he's glad to know he still has six months left to finish his cleanup.

"We're very thankful for the debris pickup, it's really sort of saved us," Jones says.

And John Raybon on Washington Avenue doesn't mind having a type of new debris in front of his house, since scraps from his contractor are a sign of rebuilding.

"Glad to see a lot of building going on. Just see everybody build back and just get back to normal again," Raybon says.

John McKay emphasized - only homes that lie within Jackson County but outside of city limits - will be seeing these changes. It's up to each individual city to decide if they will follow the new FEMA extension or rely on other means for debris removal.

By Keli Rabon

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