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Biloxi Establishes Email Address to Expedite Gustav Debris Pickup

GCN   Filed 9/14/08 updated

The City of Biloxi is working quickly to help residents dispose of hurricane Gustav debris. To help expedite the process, and since many residents didn't have any extra cleanup needs, the city has established an Email address for residents with computers to contact the city to tell them where pickup is needed.

The City of Biloxi expects to have its first debris sweep of the city completed this week, and residents who have not already done so are encouraged to move Hurricane Gustav debris to the curb for teams to haul it away.

Hurricane Gustav left more than 25,000 cubic yards of debris in its wake in Biloxi – far less than the 3 million cubic yards from Katrina – and Mayor A.J. Holloway says about a third of the debris has been hauled away.

“We increased the number of debris teams from four teams on Friday to seven teams, and they’ve worked in neighborhoods throughout the weekend,” the mayor said. “We estimate that we’ve removed as many as 7,000 cubic yards, which means we’ve hauled away about a third of the debris.

"What people need to understand is that this process will not go on for much longer, and after that the debris will be the responsibility of the property owner," Holloway added. "The best advice we have is to move storm debris to the curbside as soon as possible. We cannot go on private property, as we did in Katrina. That was the exception. The rule is to move it to the curb.”

Residents and business owners can alert debris teams about debris that has been moved to the curbside. Residents are urged to tell the city the type of debris and the location. The address is: debris@biloxi.ms.us.

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