Posts Tagged ‘storm surge’

City awards contract for harbor project; repairs piers

PASS CHRISTIAN —The city of Pass Christian has awarded a $13.8 million contract for the final phase of its harbor expansion project. The Sea Coast Echo reports the board of aldermen awarded the contract to Silverton Construction of Jackson. Mayor Chipper McDermott says work on the 10-month contract is expected to begin immediately since Silverton […] [...]

Ladners sentenced for Katrina-related kickback scheme

BAY ST. LOUIS — A former Hancock County road department manager and his wife and brothers have been sentenced to prison in a Hurricane Katrina kickback case. The Sea Coast Echo reports U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden in Gulfport sentenced Roger Ladner, the former road manager, to five years during a hearing yesterday. Ladner also […] [...]

Contractor, city settle Katrina cleanup-related lawsuit

WAVELAND — A lawsuit against Waveland filed by a contractor who claimed the city owes it $1.36 million for post-Hurricane Katrina cleanup work has been dismissed. The Sea Coast Echo reports according to paperwork filed in Hancock County Circuit Court, T.C.B. Construction of Poplarville and city agreed to dismiss the suit. T.C.B. sued the city […] [...]

County petitioning FEMA to enter ‘buyout’ program

PICAYUNE — Pearl River County officials say about 25 properties could be eligible for a “buyout” program to help some flood-prone residents. County planner Ed Pinero Jr. tells the Picayune Item about six property owners so far have said they want to participate in the program. The Federal Emergency Management Agency would have to approve […] [...]

Auditor: USM should repay post-Katrina funding

LONG BEACH — A federal auditor says FEMA should demand the return of $5.3 million of Hurricane Katrina reconstruction money from the University of Southern Mississippi. The Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General says it reviewed $12.2 million of the $41.1 million that USM received to rebuild its Gulf Park campus in Long Beach following […] [...]

Latham in D.C. discusses disaster recovery with lawmakers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency director is making recommendations to Congress about streamlining the recovery process in large disasters. Robert Latham says after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Mississippi officials were frustrated that the federal government required separate environmental and historic preservation reviews for some projects. He says the duplicated efforts slowed recovery […] [...]

Pine Belt dealerships pitch in to assist Sandy’s victims

SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — Ford dealerships in the Pine Belt area are sending relief supplies to help Staten Island communities damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Eighty pallets full of canned goods, diapers, personal care items, blankets, batteries and bottled water, enough to fill a semi-truck trailer, is bound for Dana Ford Lincoln in Staten Island, N.Y. These […] [...]

Board reinstates contract to elevate State Port pier

GULFPORT — The state port commission board has reinstated a $19-million contract to elevate the first 37 acres of the West Pier for storm-surge protection, with the understanding the final elevation would be lower than previously intended. The Sun Herald reports W.C. Fore Trucking Inc. was hired yesterday to raise the acreage by about 10 […] [...]

Corps sends personnel to areas affected by Sandy

VICKSBURG — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has tasked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to assist with the disaster relief mission underway in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. Three Vicksburg District employees, Jasper Lummus, Greg Williams and Lamar Jenkins are onsite serving as subject matter experts for debris removal efforts in Philadelphia, Pa., […] [...]

Utility reports all nuclear plants safely weathered Sandy

JACKSON — Entergy Nuclear reports its Indian Point Energy Center and James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in New York, Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts and Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Vermont have all safely weathered Hurricane Sandy. Indian Point 2, FitzPatrick and Pilgrim remained at full power while Vermont Yankee reduced power […] [...]

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