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Katrina Wipes Out 400 Municipal Vehicles in South Mississippi

October 11, 2005

JACKSON, MS — Katrina destroyed approximately 400 municipal vehicles from the fleets of many South Mississippi towns, according to the Sun Herald. Hundreds more vehicles have severe damage. The number of damaged vehicles is expected to grow, as some towns are just beginning to make assessments. Until local governments receive insurance money and possible aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to replace their fleets, municipal workers have been walking, using bicycles donated by Wal-Mart, or asking for rides, according to the report. Workers using the city of Long Beach’s motor pool have been driving vehicles with the windows knocked out. Ocean Springs city workers have been driving their water-damaged vehicles, with salt water in the transmissions and in the engine and wiring. The city of Waveland lost all its vehicles (91), and four pumper trucks, weighing 78,000 lbs. each, simply floated away. The city of Biloxi reported the most vehicles destroyed, at 112.

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