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Razor Wire Installed After Katrina to be Removed
by Keith Burton - GCN       Filed 2/8/06
Photo by Bruce W. Smith - Editorial Services

Harrison County residents in Long Beach, Gulfport and Pass Christian will be relieved to see that the razor wire running along the railroad tracks in their cities will soon be removed.

The Harrison County Board of Supervisors Monday approved a contract with a Vancleave company to remove the unsightly wire, which was set up shortly after Hurricane Katrina to keep looters out of the destroyed neighborhoods south of the tracks. During a period after the hurricane, the cities had set up checkpoints at RR crossings to restrict access to the neighborhoods, but those checkpoints have long been gone. An earlier effort to remove the wire was thwarted by FEMA when the agency said a contract by the county was too expensive.

Supervisors awarded the contract to BEB Enterprises at a cost of $250,000, which will be reimbursed to the county by FEMA.

Work to begin removing the razor wire will get underway shortly after the paperwork for the contract is finalized. Contractors will have 60 days to complete their work.

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