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Crews Clean Up After Debby

Mounds of seagrass, as large as cars, can be seen at Gulfport Beach today. City crews are using a skid loader and other heavy equipment to pile seagrass, leaves and other debris that Tropical Storm Debby washed ashore.

Crews are out cleaning what Tropical Storm Debby left behind in Gulfport. A skid loader and other heavy equipment are being used to load and pile hundreds of pounds of seagrass that washed ashore this week.

The City Parks and Recreation Department is also helping clear debris at Veterans Park and along Shore Boulevard. Others are driving around picking up barricades and 'Road Closed" signs.

The effort has been on and off this week, as officials braced for high tides, heavy winds and the unpredictable. Sunday's first blast of rain and wind knocked a tree on to the Scout Hall sign, hitting it in at least two places. On Monday, officials helped clear the tree and clean up Chase Park.

Lori Rosso June 27, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Thank you City of Gulfport employees! You have been out there on the beach, on the side streets, in the parks...EVERYWHERE to help make us a beautiful beach community once again. Trust me, I know that is no small feat after what we just experienced. I am sure it is not a pleasant task but you have made tremendous strides in making us back to normal! Thank you.
Rob Fowler June 28, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Déjà vu of the many blizzards I have been through where the photos of skidloaders could be snow plows. The same feelings during Debbie have been felt during intense snowstorms. At first, excitement, several inches of rain (snow). Knowing it is not good, yet almost wishing for an all-time record. Then the reality that life is getting a little disrupted by having to clean up debris (shovel snow). Further disruption and concern about costly damage or injury starts to change the excitement to sadness. As a businessman I understand the loss to income, as I have had this week but nowhere near what Beach Blvd businesses have had. Then roads closed, so instead of workers being able to take a bridge over the bay (or a pass over a mountain) to get to work, they have to drive many miles farther and perhaps add an hour or two or more to their commute . So the once cool storm becomes a major problem. Lori, I am glad the deep water (deep snow) has left (melted) in front of the Sea Breeze Manor Bed and Breakfast! Good to see the sun today! Good day for being outside (skiing).
Paul Ray June 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Thank you Gulfport Employees! We have the fourth looming and you have done a great job in cleaning up in preperation.
Paul Ray June 28, 2012 at 11:41 AM
you had to bring up blizzards, my arthritic feet throbeed one milisecond after reading that word. Loved your post nonetheless.
Lori Rosso June 28, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Beach clean up is in full swing! Palm trees being trimmed, seaweed carted out. There is still some mud BUT we are all OPEN for business again. And I am no longer waterfront at the Sea Breeze Manor!!! Thank you City of Gulfport employees for making our business recovery a priority!!!

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