YAZOO COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - They started burning the debris at a huge landfill, north and west of Yazoo City Thursday night.
A private contractor, is actually doing the work. Eventually other landfills like this one in Yazoo County will have to be chosen for similar work. There are parts of Yazoo County, some six miles to the east of Yazoo City, along Pearce road here, in the Midway Community, where debris removal is yet to occur.
Lamar Jenkins of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the mission manager.
"For the most part the roads are open, but you still have minimum sight distance on it so we are working in those areas," said Jenkins.
George Jenning's house in Yazoo City escaped major damage, just losing it's roof, which has now been replaced. The owner of Jennings Welding and Construction feels the recovery is going well six weeks after the storm.
"I've got a cousin, who was in Katrina, and he said this was as bad as Katrina was on a smaller scale of course. We were six hours trying to cut out about a half mile of timber," added Jennings.
Fifty six year old Michael Rhodes, who lives about three miles from Yazoo City to the east, is a happy man because his trailer that was badly damaged by the storm, has been replaced with one of the Mississippi Cottages. Because of his low income he got it for $576.00. It is a two bedroom cottage with almost 800 square feet.
"I am really happy. I couldn't believe how quick they came in here," said Rhodes.
They are 17 days into the debris removal contract and they believe they have completed about a quarter of the work.
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