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Clean-up and Damage Assessment from Isaac Moves Forward on Mississippi Gulf Coast

By Rhonda Miller | Published 30 Aug 2012 08:50pm | comments
Gulf Coast residents had enough of being shut in during Isaac. As curfews lifted and roads became safer Thursday, traffic piled up, despite intermittant rain. Here,a busy Gulfport shopping area.

The recovery of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is in progress - and Isaac left plenty to do.  MPB’s Rhonda Miller reports some road damage means emergency responders may have to alter their routes.

City and county leaders across the Mississippi Gulf Coast are assessing the damage caused by Isaac. Harrison County spokesman Butch Oberhoff says roads and bridges are, obviously, a top priority.

"We are concerned because some of the roads have sustained so much damage, it’s not safe for a fire truck.  So our responders, until we can correct all this, and really have a good feel for all of our roads, they’re going to have to choose the safest route to any call for help, and it may not necessarily  be the shortest route. "

Oberhoff says the county will work through the details and get it all repaired - it  just takes some time to determine what needs to be done, and do the work.

Hancock County often takes a brutal beating from storms, especially Waveland and Bay Saint Louis, which were devastated  by Katrina. Hancock County Emergency Manager Brian Adam says Isaac hit hard, too.

"As of right now, south end of the county, all of our low-lying areas, with the exception of a very few, are still flooded."

He says many residents across Hancock County, including in the north end, won’t be able to go back to back home right away.

Adam is like many on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, who are used to bouncing back.

"We all have a a job to do, and if you were here in this EOC, just like you’d see it in the other ones, we have a lot of people from different agencies and volunteers and everybody’s working hard to accomplish the goal. "

As Isaac causes flooding in many parts of Mississippi, residents of the Gulf Coast will be starting the recovery process, one more time.

 

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Gulf Coast residents had enough of being shut in during Isaac. As curfews lifted and roads became safer Thursday, traffic piled up, despite intermittant rain. Here,a busy Gulfport shopping area.


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