Take steps to prepare for hard freeze

 Biloxi Police Chief John Miller vividly recalls the time a few years ago when freezing conditions closed bridges into Biloxi.

 “I was approaching the I-110 over Back Bay,” Miller said, “and even before I got to the incline, I could feel that I was losing a slight bit of traction, and at the other ramps, at Division Street and U.S. 90, cars were having a difficult time, which forced us to close the bridges.

“People need to be aware that the same thing can happen now.”

Emergency managers are warning residents to expect a hard freeze overnight, with temperatures dipping as low as 19 degrees. Key advice: Take action to protect people, pets, pipes and plants.

Two cold weather shelters are opening in Harrison County: Loaves and Fishes, 610 Water St. Biloxi, opens at 5 p.m., and the Salvation Army, 2019 22nd St., Gulfport, opens at 6 p.m.

Said Miller: “We’ll have extra patrols on the streets tonight to help anyone who are in the cold,” Miller said. “We’re asking people to limit travel to necessary travel.”

Because of the inclement conditions, non-emergency municipal offices in Biloxi will not open until 10 a.m. Tuesday, and Harrison County offices, such as the county courthouse, will open 11 a.m.

Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard announced this afternoon that city employees should report to work at 10 a.m, Tuesday or contact their supervisors if unable to report.
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