Moss Point Gets Back To Business After Gustav

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Cathy Wright has the daunting task of unpacking dozens of maps and permits at the Moss Point Building Department office. When word got out about a monster storm moving toward the coast, Wright says, the city ordered all eight departments to pack up and move to higher ground.

"You can't replace any of these files and the people depend on us. It is our job to make sure that things are taken care of," Wright said.

Mayor Xavier Bishop says city workers spent three days moving computers, files and historic information to designated locations.

"It gave us enough time to secure the files comfortably. It gave us enough time to plan how we were going to do things so that when the hurricane did hit, we had everything place," Bishop said.

Mayor Bishop believes Moss Point was spared by the storm, but he also says it's always better to be safe than sorry.

"The damaged we experience following Gustav was minimum. Prior to Katrina, the only plan that was in place was loosely formed and had not been updated in several years. Our experience with Katrina reminds us that we should not take anything for granted," Bishop said

With two more months before hurricane season ends, Moss Point is keeping a watchful eye on the tropics.

"Whenever there is a threat to our local city, we have to a extraordinary measures to insure the safety of the community."