Response to Hurricane Katrina
Boil Drinking Water
EPA continues to send personnel and resources to the affected areas in anticipation of upcoming needs when hurricane damage may begin to be addressed. Current activities are listed below.
MS Assessment Teams
Assessment Teams will continue to conduct assessments and cleanup oversight in Pascagoula, Moss Point, Bayou Labatre, Biloxi, and Gulfport. These teams will be comprised of US Coast Guard, EPA, environmental contractors, and the state. An assessment team also will investigate information reported to the MSEOC. EPA ASPECT plane will conduct overflight from Gulport, MS to Mobile, AL.
AL Assessment Teams
Assessment Teams will continue to conduct assessments and oversee clean up efforts in Mobile, Mobile Co.and Baldwin Co. They will also assist with assessments in Pascagoula, Bayou Labatre, Moss Point, Biloxi, and Gulfport.
Water Division Assistance Team
An EPA Water Division Assistance Team is continuing its assessment of damage to local drinking water systems in MS and providing technical assistance to help restore safe drinking water to those systems. Due to the possibility of extensive damage to their distribution systems, many drinking water facilities will be conducting long-term repairs. Community water systems across AL have been disabled or impaired by loss of electrical power, with many operating on generators or with partial power. Due to impaired or disabled systems, EPA reminds citizens in affected areas to follow “boil water” advisories in place. For more information, please read the “Boil Drinking Water” Alert on the Region 4 hurricane web page at http://epa.gov/region4/Katrina/index.htm
EPA will release information from the environmental assessments as it becomes available. Reporters should contact the EPA Press Office at (404) 562-8327 for interviews and additional information.