Bring your storm debris to the curb now

The city is asking property owners to move their Hurricane Nate debris to the curbside now to help speed up clean-up efforts citywide.

Crews from Pelican Waste, the new trash contractor, and the city’s Public Works Department began efforts this morning to haul away debris from streets and neighborhoods.

“Our goal is to move this debris as quickly as we can,” Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard said today, “but we need property owners to get it out to the street curb now. We’re also asking that you try to make a clean sweep of your property so we can get as much as we can on the first pass.”

Leaves should be bagged because the equipment used to pick up debris is unable to pick up loose items such as leaves.

Tree limbs should be no longer than 10 feet, according to Alan Lane of the Harrison County Utility Authority, who oversees the trash, garbage and recycling programs.

And, finally, from CAO Leonard: “Please make sure to not place debris or bags near mailboxes, utility poles, guy wires, fire hydrants or anything that will cause an issue for the machinery that will used to pick up the trash.” 
Photo gallery: The aftermath of Nate
Video: MDOT makes a sweep on U.S. 90
Twitter video bonus: It’s a catfish cleanup for the birds


The week that was: Busy week for BFD

Last week the Biloxi Fire Department answered 185 calls for service, including 101 medical emergencies and seven fire calls. The fire responses included a boat fire, a camper fire, a structure fire, a cooking fire and three vegetation/tree fires, one of which was caused by a power line downed by Hurricane Nate. 

Meantime, the Biloxi Police Department answered 2,287 calls for service, the Engineering Department continued with a host of ongoing projects, and the Community Development Department issued 60 building permits, including one for a new Circle K Convenience Store at the former Valero Convenience Store at the corner of Cedar Lake Road and Medical Park Drive. The construction validation for last week was more than $1.1 million.
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