Supervisors extend emergency declaration

BY LEESHA FAULKNER

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Road crews continue to clear limbs from right of ways and other areas in Lee County a week after Hurricane Katrina passed through the region.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday extended the emergency declaration it approved last week for another seven days.

Meanwhile, the rapid response team from Northeast Mississippi continues to work search and rescue on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The county has spent about $1,500 in Homeland Security money to send water and food to the workers.

“They are to be commended,” said Charles Duke, president of the supervisors.

The Rapid Response Team is composed of firefighters, police officers and sheriff's deputies from the region.

Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said his deputies have volunteered their days off to work in the disaster area but return to their shifts in Lee County. “We aren't down any manpower,” he told the supervisors.