Biloxi firefighters respond to tornado-stricken area

Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney reports that six Biloxi firefighters were deployed to Louisville, Miss., this morning at 1 as part of Task Force 3, a team of south Mississippi emergency responders under the direction of MEMA.

The team is performing search-and-rescue missions in the tornado-stricken town of about 6,600 residents southwest of Starkville.

“The team of more than 50 firefighters from south Mississippi arrived around 1 a.m. and immediately began their mission,” Boney said. “They are currently searching for a family of three — a woman, a man, and a 9-year-old child. We’re unsure of how long they will be deployed, but the news from the team this morning is that there is heavy damage and a lot of work to be done.”

The Biloxi firefighters are Battalion Chief Steve Strickler, and firefighters Chuck Parker, Shane Breland, Maurice Thornton, Anthony Magee and Nick Geiser.

In addition, Biloxi Police Capt. Harold Windom, a logistics authority, has been dispatched to work in the emergency operations center in the stricken communtiy.

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News and notes

Fire museum fish fry: The West End Hose Company No. 3, the city’s fire museum, will hold a fish fry on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m . at the museum. You can dine in or take out. To print a flyer, click here.

No DRC meeting: The Development Review Committee, a one-stop shop for developers in Biloxi, will not meet Wednesday, but you can get a look at recent agendas by clicking here.

No council meeting: The next scheduled meeting of the Biloxi City Council is Tuesday, May 5 at 6 p.m. A special meeting that had been scheduled for this morning was canceled.

Road work: To see the status of road construction and infrastructure work throughout Biloxi, and to see a link to MDOT traffic cameras, click here.

Biloxi run: A total of 853 runners and walkers turned out for Saturday’s inaugural Biloxi 5K and One-Mile Trek in downtown Biloxi, part of Biloxi Public Schools month. A total of 61 trophies and medals were presented. To see nearly 200 photos from the event, as shown on the city’s Facebook page, click here.