Tropical Storm Barry Information

July 13, 2019

Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Addresses Toxic Algae Potentially Coming Onshore during Tropical Storm Barry

PEARL – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality recently provided an update on the concern for toxic algae from Gulf waters reaching land during Tropical Storm Barry:

“It is too soon for us to speculate given the uncertain characteristics and impacts of the storm at this time; however, our beach program will be monitoring along the coast as soon as possible after

the storm passes. It is our understanding that algae that washes ashore would likely dehydrate and die. We encourage everyone to be aware of their surroundings, and if they see a Harmful Algal

Bloom after the storm passes to contact MDEQ and/or local emergency management officials.”

 

July 12, 2019

Kiln Shelter to open in Hancock County

KILN – The Hancock Emergency Management Agency has opened the Kiln shelter.  This will be a Hancock County managed shelter with the support of the American Red Cross.

The shelter is located at 18320 Highway 43 in Kiln.

Please make sure to bring all items to be self-contained i.e. bedding, medications, personal hygiene items, drinks and snacks.

Pets will not be allowed in the General Population Shelter.

For further information, contact the Hancock Emergency Management Agency at 228-255-0942.

State of Emergency Declared as Tropical Storm Barry Approaches Gulf Coast

PEARL – Governor Phil Bryant has declared a State of Emergency in response to Tropical Storm Barry. A State of Emergency is an administrative tool that authorizes the use of state resources to aid in response and recovery efforts.

A tropical storm watch and a storm surge warning are in effect for the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as Barry is expected to make landfall near the central Louisiana coast at some point Saturday morning.

Here is the latest information on Tropical Storm Barry from the National Weather Service:

  • Impacts from Tropical Storm Barry could be felt as early as Saturday morning.
  • Greatest threat is heavy rainfall, flash flooding, and river flooding which will impact much of South, Southwest and some parts of Central Mississippi. Rain totals are expected to range for 4-10 inches and could exceed 15 inches in some areas.
  • People living in low-lying areas should have a plan to evacuate if waters begin to rise.
  • State assets/resources have been pre-deployed to the areas that face the greatest threat; this includes the State’s Search and Rescue Teams.

The State Emergency Operations Center is now activated.  MEMA will continue to monitor conditions and coordinate requests for resources from counties.

MEMA will provide updates as information becomes available. The best way to get up-to-date information is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook, or “Follow” us on twitter @msema.

 

Harrison County non essential employees dismissed JULY 12 at 3 p.m. – 
All non essential employees of Harrison County will be dismissed today at 3 p.m. in preparation for inclement weather due to Tropical Storm Barry. This does not pertain to employees of the courts as that would be decided by state government.

 

The following roads have been closed in Harrison County:
• Talley Street at Bay Shore in D’Iberville
• Racetrack Road at Batia in D’Iberville
• The D’Iberville Marina has also been closed.
Remember: If you see water covering the roadway, turn around – don’t drown.

 

Health Officials Urge Mississippi Residents to Prepare Before the Storm
Ahead of Tropical Storm Barry, and with parts of the state already experiencing severe flooding, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) advises residents to prepare now for dangerous storm conditions to stay safe and healthy. For helpful information on creating a disaster kit, food safety and drinking water safety click here.

 

MS GULF COAST SANDBAG LOCATIONS:
Harrison County has added two additional self-serve sandbag locations, bringing the county’s total to 9. The new additions are at Long Beach Harbor in Long Beach and Pass Christian Harbor in Pass Christian.

Other locations are:

·  Harrison County Road Department at 11076 Lorraine Road
·  D’Iberville Work Center at 10085 Doris Deno Ave.  (District 1)
·  Lyman Work Center at 15001 County Farm Road (District 2)
·  Long Beach Work Center at 605 N. Seal Ave. (District 3)
·  District 4 Work Center at 8300 34th Ave. in Gulfport (District 4)
·  Woolmarket Work Center at 16395 Old Woolmarket Road (District 5)
·  The pier parking lot at the intersection of Courthouse Road and U.S. Highway 90 in Gulfport.

The City of Gulfport also has self-serve sandbags at Orange Grove Community Center on Dedeaux Road, the Fire Station on 42nd Avenue and at the intersection of Hewes Avenue and Glover Street.

The City of D’Iberville has self-serve sandbags available to the public located under the north end of the I-110 bridge, south of Rodriguez St.

The City of Long Beach has placed a self-serve station at the softball fields on Klondyke Road.

Bags should be available at all sites. Please bring your own shovels.

Please notice the address update for the D’Iberville District 1 station.

 

 

MEMA Preparing for Tropical Storm Barry

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is coordinating preparations for Tropical Storm Barry that is expected to affect the state as early as Friday morning. A tropical storm watch and storm surge watch is also in effect for the Mississippi Gulf Coast.                                                 

The National Hurricane Center upgraded Barry to a tropical storm Thursday morning and has currently located the storm in the central Gulf of Mexico, south of Louisiana. Barry could possibly strengthen to a Category One Hurricane (winds in excess of 74 miles per hour; 74-95mph) before making landfall near the central Louisiana coast.  Rain totals could rise above 10 inches or more in south and southwest Mississippi.

MEMA is encouraging everyone to communicate with family and friends about your emergency plan and listen to the advice of your local officials.

“We are expecting heavy and prolonged rainfall, which could lead to life threatening flooding and flash flooding in multiple portions of the state, not just the coast,” said MEMA Executive Director Greg Michel. “Now is the time to finalize your family plan. Where are you going if you need to evacuate? Is your emergency supply kit packed and ready? Get everything in order before the storm makes landfall”

Here is the latest information on Tropical Storm Barry from the National Weather Service:

  • Impacts from Tropical Storm Barry could be felt as early as Friday morning.
  • Greatest threat is heavy rainfall and flooding which will impact much of South, Southwest and some parts of Central Mississippi.
  • Potential for storm surge flooding above three feet for the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
  • People living in low lying areas should have a plan to evacuate if waters begin to rise.

 

The State Emergency Operations Center is now activated.  MEMA will continue to monitor conditions and requests for resources from counties. 

MEMA will provide updates as information becomes available. The best way to get up-to-date information is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook, or “Follow” us on twitter @msema.