Hurricane Zeta recovery one week later


With all the Election Day coverage, some local business leaders are still keeping Hurricane Zeta recovery efforts on the radar and at the top of the list here in South Mississippi.

It’s been about a week since Hurricane Zeta took the Gulf Coast region by storm, but still today the cleanup continues.

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South Mississippi insurance agents have been busy ever since, a balancing act between handling their own losses and those of their clients.

The projected price tag of Zeta’s overall loss to onshore properties throughout the Gulf Coast region is more than $4 billion, according to the Insurance Journal on Tuesday with South Mississippi residents still on edge as we keep a close eye out for these last few weeks of this very active hurricane season. Jennifer Arde with Arde Insurance Group said, “It’s never too late. Of course, it’s not going to go back and cover any damages that’s someone’s already had, but starting new with a new policy. We can write new policies. We can add wind to policies. As of the effective date, when they purchase the policy, it’s effective.”

And for those of you who are still cleaning up after Hurricane Zeta, Lowe’s stores throughout South Mississippi on Wednesday will have a Bucket Brigade Give-Away to help you out.

Lowe’s D’Iberville Store Manager Jesse Hahn said, “We have some cleaning supplies for the community. Lowe’s has a long history of helping the community after these events. Of course, we want to be a beacon of light for our community. Come on out at 10 am. It’s while supplies last. As you can see, we have some stuff that’s going to help the community.”

The giveaway is first come, first serve Wednesday morning at Lowe’s locations in D’Iberville, Waveland, Gautier, and Gulfport.

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Toni started at WXXV News 25 in December of 2013, just three months after the news was launched. She has served as Assignment Editor, anchored for nearly two years, worked as a reporter for several years and hosted Coastal Connections for more than four years. Toni graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern Mississippi where she was editor of the Student Printz. She then did an internship on Capitol Hill, working for a U.S. Senator, then returned to Mississippi as a reporter at WDAM in Hattiesburg. After that, she moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, working as a reporter for FOX 25 in Biloxi, then crossing city lines to work at WLOX-TV news in Biloxi, starting out as a producer, then working as a photographer, reporter, weekend assignment editor and weekend anchor. She was among the station team that won the Edward Murrow and Peabody awards for coverage during Hurricane Katrina. Toni moved to the Lone Star State where she worked as the morning and noon anchor, investigative reporter and live shot reporter for KZTV Action 10 News, then KRIS TV News in Corpus Christi, Texas. Toni moved back to the Magnolia State to be with and take care of her family, working as a multi-media journalist and fill-in anchor at WDBD Fox 40 news in Jackson. After almost completing a second degree in filmmaking at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Toni transitioned back to news at News 25. Toni is blessed to have a wonderful support network of close family, friends and mentors, and she hopes to pay it forward. She has a three-legged chiweenie named Rocky Balboa because of his fighting spirit. She loves writing and has completed a novel that has been adapted into a screenplay, and has just finished another screenplay called "Delta Rose." She's currently working on a new legal thriller called "Fall From Grace." Stay tuned....