Hurricane season is now officially behind us, but cleanup and recovery is far from over here in South Mississippi.
Debris removal is in full swing in Pass Christian as cleanup and recovery continues.
They’ve decked the halls, city hall, with Christmas decorations in the Pass, but instead of Santa giving out gifts from his sleigh, it’s trucks and crews from Necaise Brothers making the rounds, picking up curbside Zeta debris. Pass Christian Mayor Chipper McDermott said, “Saturday they started. They’ll be working seven days a week-taking care of somewhere between 85,000 to 100,000 cubic yards of debris in the town.”
The category two hurricane passed through a little more than a month ago, but the final tally isn’t quite in yet as cleanup continues. “The debris cleanup will probably be a million dollars and the Harbor’s probably got a million dollars’ worth of damage to it. Other than that, I don’t think any of our buildings took any serious damage. There are some residential places that have a number that will go up in price with the roofs and different things like that.”
Debris removal will continue to roll out here along the streets of Pass Christian, and should be complete by the end of the month. A few things to keep in mind as you set out your debris: “Construction debris, which is one thing, they want that separated. That is stuff taken out of the houses. Wood and vegetation, which is mainly what we have, especially on the east end of town, including the trees-that’s vegetation. They do want those separated from each other. They go to separate sites when they are disposed of, so that helps to separate those two types of things.”
Crews have cleared the way for Friday’s Christmas in the Pass to roll on this Friday and as we head into the holidays, as hurricane season wraps up, a simple request topping the wish list for the storm weary mayor. “Santa, just give us a better year – a better year next year.”