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.
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 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."