Hurricane Isaac Continues to Pound Coastal Mississippi
Jackson, MS—Hurricane Isaac has
slowed in the Gulf and continues to send torrential rains over already
rain-soaked areas throughout Mississippi and Louisiana.
Emergency operations continue for
Mississippians affected by the storm with the following updates:
- Shelters: 31 shelters across the state are open with
2,132 evacuees housed.
- Power Outages: As of 5:30 a.m., approximately 4,000 homes
are reported without power, of which 735 are Entergy customers.
- Road closures: US 90 between Bay St. Louis Bridge to
Biloxi Bay Bridge is closed to all traffic. Highway 604 in Hancock County, north
- Search/Rescue: Overnight, in Hancock County, there were
three adults and one infant who were rescued from a houseboat on the Pearl River
- Mississippi National Guard: 1,500 National Guard troops
were deployed to affected areas.
- Mississippi Highway Patrol: 104 troopers from the MHP
were deployed to affected areas to assist local law enforcement. Many of these
troopers are members of the Special Operations Group which specializes in search
and rescue operations.
- Resources: A truckload of generators is staged at Camp
Shelby in Hattiesburg, MS to be deployed as needed to areas affected by the
storm; 20 truckloads of water and two truckloads of tarps are staged and to be
distributed as needed; and over 80,000 sandbags were distributed to affected
up-to-date information on American Red Cross shelters, go to http://mississippi-redcross.org/.
For updates on MEMA emergency operations, call the MEMA information line at
1-866-519-6362 or go online to www.msema.org.