Wednesday, September 21, 2005

More Barbed Wire from Bushco

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/special_packages/hurricane_katrina/12606118.htm

Coiled razor wire separates people, beach areas
By Meera Pal and Karen Nelson, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News

Sep. 9--GULFPORT - Double rows of coiled razor wire went up along the railroad tracks in Long Beach and Gulfport to keep people out of the most severely damaged areas of the cities. And it's coming for Pass Christian and parts of Biloxi, according the Col. Joe Spraggins, director of emergency operations in Harrison County.

Spraggins said the wire, also known as concertina, is needed because it is impossible to patrol the 60 miles from one end Harrison County to the other and will help control gaps where people are slipping through to go into the beach areas. It goes up fast, should only be in place a few weeks and will go down fast as well.

When Lynn Bauer drove along Railroad Avenue in Long Beach on Friday morning, she was shocked to see a fence crew based out of Lumberton laying the wire.

"My first thought was that it's meant to keep us out," Bauer said.Bauer and her husband, Al, have been driving to their Mills Avenue home, south of the railroad tracks since Katrina hit, to salvage what they can. The water came up three feet in their home.When Lynn Bauer saw the razor wire, she said she was hurt. It reminded her of a concentration camp.

The crew from Albritton Fence Dispensing Co. began laying the wire at 9 a.m. at the Long Beach-Gulfport border and headed west. They were told to lay it from Biloxi to the Bay area, roughly 30 miles, said Galen Clayton, a Tennessee National guardsman helping the crew."Anyone who tries to climb over this fence must really want something on the other side real bad," said Josh Necaise, who works with the fencing company. He and Caleb Lambert showed the cuts they had received just from laying it.

When told that some people's reaction has been that it smacks of a concentration camp, Spraggins said, "They're not in a concentration camp. Intersections will be open." But, Spraggins, said, there are long stretches where people can walk across the tracks and officials are trying to stop that.
Spraggins said that each city with the wire will have checkpoints of access to the beach areas. Each city will determine who is allowed in and for what reasons.

Biloxi is trying to cordon off their critical areas -- Eagle Point and Point Cadet -- without using the wire. "We don't think that we need to use that means at this time," said Vincent Creel, spokesman for the city. "But I can appreciate the situation in Gulfport where there is a serious health concern."
The announcement about Long Beach came from Mayor Billy Skellie at a mid-morning press conference in Gulfport on Friday, along with a list of checkpoints where residents will be able to get through the wire if they can prove they have a reason to go in.

In Long Beach they will be allowed in, for example, if they have insurance or FEMA representatives to show their property to, officials said. Debris, damaged buildings and gas lines and the fact that there is almost no water pressure south of the tracks makes the area very dangerous, they said.
"We're trying to protect people's property. We don't want to harm them," Skellie said. "The rumor that we're keeping people out so we can bulldoze is not true."

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"It reminded her of a concentration camp" Concertina wire separates people, beach areas 09 Sep 2005 Double rows of coiled razor wire went up along the railroad tracks in Long Beach and Gulfport (MS) to keep people out of the most severely damaged areas of the cities. And it's coming for Pass Christian and parts of Biloxi, according the Col. Joe Spraggins, director of emergency operations in Harrison County... When Lynn Bauer drove along Railroad Avenue in Long Beach on Friday morning, she was shocked to see a fence crew based out of Lumberton laying the wire... When Bauer saw the razor wire, she said she was hurt. It reminded her of a concentration camp.


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