Jackson County

Winds, tides pushing more oil ashore

Strong winds and higher tides pushed tar balls and mousse patties over the Pascagoula seawall today, resulting the temporary closure of a portion of Beach Boulevard.

"I went down there between 6:30 and 7 a.m. and there were some tar balls on the beach," Pascagoula police spokesman Doug Adams said. "By 11:30 (a.m.), there were tar balls on the road. We've had extremely higher tides and wave action because of the weather. More bad weather is expected tomorrow."

Police have temporarily shut down Beach Boulevard, from the Longfellow House to the Pascagoula Yacht Club.

Cleanup crews are removing the tar balls, Adams said, though he expects to see more of the gooey globs of oil on the Pascagoula beach and on Beach Boulevard on Wednesday when more bad weather moves in.

Read more about this story in Wednesday's Sun Herald.