Jackson County Reports Storm Damages
All County offices reopen Wednesday
From: Jackson County EOC
09/02/09 3:23 p.m. GCN
The Jackson County Board
of Supervisors met this morning (Sept. 2) with department heads and
managers to access damage from Hurricane Gustav. Their reports are below:
- The Lake Mars Pier is closed in Fontainebleau
Community. Storm surge and wave action removed the end of the pier. The
County Recreation Department will reopen half of the pier after crews
remove debris and damaged decking. The Lake Mars Pier was underwater for
more than 12 hours during the Hurricane Gustav landfall.
- The Web Landing boat ramp in the St. Andrews
Community is partially closed. Storm surge removed a 20-foot section of
pier along the ramp’s edge. The Fort Bayou boat ramp in St. Martin was
partially damaged as well with the lost of 15 feet of pier.
- A 30-foot span of asphalt on Fontainebleau Road
was washed out by Gustav. County Road crews have filled the washed out
area with a combination of gravel and shell as a temporary fix.
- The Road Department estimate 15,000 to 18,000
cubic yards of sand was washed away from Ocean Springs’ beach front. The
Road Dept. estimates 2,500 cubic yards of sand was lost at Pascagoula’s
beach. Crews will start removing debris from both beaches on Wednesday,
September 3. Residents are asked to be cautious if walking on the beach.
- The County’s Maintenance Department is reporting
five County facilities with minor damage: roof leaks, power outages, and
air conditioning problems.
- The Ocean Spring Harbor weathered Hurricane Gustav
extremely well. The Harbor Master reports four finger piers received
minor damage, and washout behind a bulkhead. All of the “pier-side”
electrical hookups were flooded, the County’s Maintenance Department is
checking on the level of damage. None of the 158 boats/vessels staying
in the harbor were severally damaged.
- Delta Sanitation is starting household trash pick
up again today for the unincorporated areas of the County. Delta crews
will run one day behind their normal schedule. Delta crews will also
pick up storm debris as long as it is bundled or contained in a trash
can or trash bag.
- The County Road
Department and Solid Waste Department is also beginning storm debris
removal this week. Residents are asked to put vegetation debris at least
eight feet from the roadside. Also make sure not to cover or surround
fire hydrants, utility boxes, and meters with debris.
- Supervisors moved today’s regularly scheduled
Board meeting to 9 a.m. tomorrow morning (Sept. 3). All County offices
will reopen on tomorrow (Sept. 3).
- Emergency Operations Director Butch Loper is also
stressing safety at home and work as citizens start the clean up process
this week, especially when operating generators and chain saws.
Only connect the
generator to appliances. Never plug a generator into any power outlet in
your home. Connecting a portable electric generator directly to your
household wiring can be deadly to you and to others.
Use properly sized
polarized extension cords; overloading a cord may cause a fire.
Never use a generator
inside. Only use generators outside in well-ventilated areas.
Keep generators away
from doors, windows, vents, or air conditioning equipment that could allow
exhaust fumes to come indoors.
Always locate your
generator outside on a dry surface.
Before refueling, let
the engine cool for at least two minutes to prevent fires. Turn off all
appliances connected to the generator before refueling.
Always follow the
instructions that come with your generator.
Chain Saw Safety:
adjust, and maintain the saw according to manufacturer’s instructions.
proper size of chain saw to match the job.
appropriate protective equipment-
safety glasses, hearing
protection, heavy work gloves, and cut-resistant leg-wear.
contact with power lines.
at waist level or below
to ensure that you
maintain secure control over the chain saw.
or coworkers should remain at least two tree lengths away.
occurs, apply direct pressure over site(s) of heavy bleeding;
this act may save a life.
All official County
announcements and news releases will come from the County’s Emergency
Management Office and/or Public Information Office. All storm updates will
also be posted on the County’s website for verification.