FEMA-Supported Debris Removal Official Over in Biloxi
From: City of Biloxi Vincent Creel Filed 8/31/07
The city’s FEMA-supported storm debris removal program is now officially over, and property owners are reminded that they are now responsible for the removal and hauling of storm debris to approved landfills.
The city’s two-year program, which ended Aug. 29, saw the removal and hauling of nearly three million cubic yards of debris, as well as the removal of submerged debris from city-operated harbors and marinas. In all, the process cost more than $81.5 million, most of which has been reimbursed to the city by FEMA.
Contractors hired for either demolition or construction are responsible for hauling debris and construction materials to approved landfills.
“This is a long-standing city policy,” said Community Development Director Jerry Creel, whose department is responsible for enforcing city codes. “In fact, the same policy covers all tree-trimming work as well as yard work. Tree contractors and lawn firms are responsible for hauling away tree limbs and grass clippings. That’s part of the fee they are paid by property owners.”
City codes also prohibit the moving of grass clippings into streets or thoroughfares, where they eventually block storm drains and clog underground drainage pipes.
Said Creel: “People who sweep grass clippings into the street are not only breaking the law, they’re going to cause flooding of their own and their neighbor’s property.”
Back Bay debris efforts continuing: The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is continuing removal of submerged debris in areas off Eagle Point and Sunkist, and in bayous, finger lakes and canals off the Bay of Biloxi.