Hanock Co. wants new seawall

Published 12:04 am Friday, January 23, 2009

Hancock County supervisors say until a new seawall is built, even a small storm could cause serious flooding problems.

Supervisors met Wednesday with officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Corps officials say they plan to build a new seawall to the same height as the beach road to better protect the street from storm surge. They say work is being held up by some right of way issues, but once it starts it should be completed in about 18 months.

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County supervisor Rocky Pullman says he worries building flood prevention structures in Louisiana will push more water into Hancock County.

Corps officials say they’ll be coordinating work between the states but they won’t sacrifice one area to help another.