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Hurricane Zeta clean up and recovery continues in Pass Christian

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Hurricane Zeta clean up and recovery continues in Pass Christian
Hurricane Zeta clean up and recovery continues in Pass Christian

It’s been more than two months since Hurricane Zeta made landfall as a category two hurricane, leaving a trail of destruction here throughout South Mississippi and clean up continues to this day.

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- - it's been more than two months- since hurricane zeta made - landfall as a category 2- hurricane, leaving a trail of - destruction here throughout - south mississippi,- and clean up continues to this- day.- as news 25's toni miles reports- some federal assistance is- becoming available for local- governments in- hard-hit areas, and it may be - quite some time before that - money actually arrives, but - local leaders are embracing - any help they can get.- - first there was covid.- <nats>- then tropical storm cristobal.- <nats>- and then hurricane zeta took a- parting shot as we- rounded out 2020 -- a triple whammy - with reminder- of the category 2 hurricane - still - around more than two months - later...and local governments - shouldering the burden for clea- up and repairs on the - front end.- mayor chipper mcdermott, pass - christian: "you've got to make sure you take - care of what money you've got - because when things like this - come if you don't have- it you're going to have to- borrow it to get it up front to- be reimbursed.

We kind of - prepared- for it."

- millions of dollars in damage - and debris to clean - up - with the cost draining - city and county coffers, but- governments in six south- mississippi counties can- now apply to tap into federal - disaster assitance to - supplement their recovery - efforts.- pass christian in harrison- county is one of them.- mayor chipper mcdermott, pass - christian: "they made the declaration last- - - - friday, and that's good.

That - means the federal government- will reimburse 75-- - - - percent and the state - 12.5-percent, so the cities wil- be in it for 12.5-percent as- well- for the cities, counties and an- government entity, but that's - good news there."

Toni miles, news 25: "local governments throughout south- mississippi are currently in th- process of applying for this- federal assistance to help with- costs - at- least on the back end - of- hurricane zeta clean up and - recovery."

Adele lyons, ceo, missississipp- gulf coast chamber of commerce:- "we should see now the cities and - the counties being able to appl- for funds for infrastructure- damage that was done.

We've see- a lot of piers and harbors that- have- been damaged due to zeta."

Mayor chipper mcdermott, pass - christian: "what you see here, you can - almost see in every nearby town- we're all in the same boat, - whether you're big or - small, everybody's trying to- clean up from this hurricane.

- everybody's done a- - - - good job.

It just takes a littl- longer than some people want."

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