Flood-cleanup supplies from the Mississippi Coast will be among the first truckloads to arrive in South Louisiana as waters recede from Interstate 12, city of Gulfport spokesman Chris Vignes said.
Vignes said Gulfport has already filled one 18-wheeler and will pack a second to leave early Wednesday from the Flying J truck stop off Canal Road. The city will take supplies to Livingston Parish, including Denham Springs, and Ascension Parish.
Donations are being collected until 6 p.m. Tuesday at Gulfport City Hall and the city’s fire stations. Pascagoula, Gautier, Jackson County and D’Iberville also have joined the effort, dubbed One Coast/One Relief.
Gollott & Sons Transfer & Storage in Gulfport donated 18-wheelers to Gulfport and D’Iberville.
Hundreds of residents and businesses have responded to the call for supplies, many of them the recipients of donations and volunteer assistance that poured in after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
“It has been crazy,” Vignes said. “The stuff has been coming in nonstop.”