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Lauderdale County sets Oct. 31 debris deadline

By Staff
CLEANING UP AFTER IVAN – Lauderdale County maintenance worker Bobby Gibson watches as Danny Boyd loads debris into a county dump truck. Residents who don't live inside the Meridian city limits have until Oct. 31 to place debris from Hurricane Ivan at the roadside of their property so county crews can remove it. Photo by Kyle Carter / The Meridian Star
By Steve Gillespie / staff writer
October 21, 2004
Lauderdale County has set Oct. 31 as the deadline for residents to have debris from Hurricane Ivan placed at their roadsides for pick up by county crews.
Lauderdale County Engineer Neal Carson said the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which will reimburse the county 75 percent of the cost of cleanup, requested the county set a deadline.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency will kick in 12.5 percent of the cost of the cleanup, with the county picking up the remaining 12.5 percent.
Lauderdale County supervisors issued an emergency declaration before Ivan ripped through West Alabama and sideswiped East Central Mississippi on Sept. 16.
The emergency declaration allows county workers to help remove trees from private property; it has been extended by supervisors.
Clarence Butler, director of the Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency, said that county crews continue to remove debris that interferes with residents' lifestyle.
Supervisors voted earlier this week to extend by one week the county's emergency declaration; the declaration had been set to end today.
Supervisors will consider extending the declaration for another seven days in a meeting on Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the supervisor's board room of the Raymond P. Davis courthouse annex at 410 Constitution Ave.
Here is a look at the latest developments in Lauderdale County's hurricane clean up efforts.

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