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Evacuation Ordered For Zones A and B in Harrison County Effective Sunday at 3 p.m.
 Filed 8/30/08  GCN

EVACUATION ORDERED FOR ZONES A AND B IN HARRISON COUNTY

Harrison County, Miss. – Because Hurricane Gustav may bring a dangerously high storm surge, the Board of Supervisors and Mayors of municipalities in Harrison County have ordered mandatory evacuation from Evacuation Zones A and B effective at 3:00 pm tomorrow (Sunday, August 31).

Maps of Evacuation Zones A and B are attached. The maps are available online: Biloxi Evacuation Map    Gulfport Evacuation Map

The Mississippi Highway Patrol liaison in the Harrison County Emergency Operations Center has reported that traffic on northern and eastern evacuation routes is at a steady flow.

Buses are available to take people from Evacuation Zones A and B to shelters well north of Harrison County. Coast Transit Authority (CTA) will issue a news release on how to use the bus service shortly. To arrange for CTA transport, call 228-896-8080.

County officials said evacuees with their own transportation who wish to head west should first goto Jackson and then take Interstate 20. Louisiana is likely to divert all west-bound traffic on I-10 onto I-55 North, county officials said.

Governor Barbour’s earlier evacuation order remains in effect. It applies to people living in "Mississippi cottages" in any flood zone in Harrison County plus residents of FEMA travel trailers or mobile homes or modular homes and any structure unlikely to withstand a strong storm anywhere in the county.

Officials said, if you are in a building that was flooded during Katrina, you could see water in it again from Gustav.

Public shelters will open at 6:00 pm tomorrow. CTA will provide local transportation to Harrison County shelters from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm tomorrow. (See separate news release.)

Good Deeds Community Center on Madison Street in north Gulfport will NOT be a shelter due to structural problems. Individuals who have used Good Deeds as a shelter in the past should use other shelters.

To see evacuation zones and major traffic routes, click here.

News and notes

CTA service: Coast Transit has announced that fixed route service will end Sunday at noon so that CTA buses can be used for evacuation of Harrison County residents. No buses will run Monday or Tuesday. For information on CTA's emergency evacuation Sunday, click here.

Schools closed: Biloxi Public Schools chief Dr. Paul A. Tisdale has announced that Biloxi Public Schools will be closed Tuesday. Public schools in Gulfport, Long Beach, Pass Christian and Harrison County also will be closed Tuesday.

Edgewater closing: Edgewater Mall, which typically opens at noon on Sunday, will close tonight at 9 and will not re-open until the threat of Gustav has passed, according to mall manager Terry Powell.

Salvation Army: Salvation Army personnel have set up major staging area in Hattiesburg to support more than 170 mobile feeding units. The Army has current capability of serving more than a half-million meals a day.

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