With the start of a new week in Biloxi, city officials are still picking up the debris.
“It is certainly a mess, and we’re trying to assess what the real damage we’ve had, figure out the channels we can go,” Biloxi mayor Andrew ‘FoFo’ Gilich says.
The city says 75 percent of homes in Biloxi received at least some form of damage.
Biloxians should keep a few things in mind if hiring a contractor for repairs.
“Make sure that you hire a contractor that has a license. you can call the city of Biloxi’s Community Development Department at 228-435-6280 for information, or when the person comes out just ask them for their City of Biloxi license card,” City of Biloxi Public Affairs Specialist Cecilia Dobbs-Walton says.
Also on the agenda this week is debris removal.
The process will begin on Thursday, and residents are asked to keep their debris away from any wires, mailboxes or fire hydrants.
One of Mayor Gilich’s big priorities is making sure facilities like the Lighthouse Pier are rebuilt stronger than they were before the storm.
“We always need a pier there, we want it to stay there all the time, so we’re not going to build it like it was, and be subject to the tides and subject to the physics of a storm,” Gilich says.
With weeks of recovery ahead, the mayor is thankful for the cooperation of city residents in the first few days following the storm.
“I think they were great, like I said everybody, you could see neighborhood by neighborhood, they were doing what they needed to do to get back to normal,” Gilich says.