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Miss. port to evacuate equipment before storms

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - The Port of Gulfport has adopted a new

hurricane policy.

Port Director Don Allee said all tenants will be required to

evacuate equipment, including shipping containers, within 72 hours

of a hurricane landing in "the port area."

The news is welcome relief to residents of Gulfport's West Side

neighborhood, some of whose homes were crushed by shipping

containers and yards contaminated by spilled chicken and pork that

left a stench for months.

Allee said it's the port's mission to evacuate all equipment

that could be harmful to the nearby community.

Councilwoman Libby Milner-Roland, who represents West Side, said

the port's new evacuation policy gives homeowners one less thing to

worry about the next time a storm comes their way.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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