County and city officials declare state of emergency

Published 9:30 am Monday, August 27, 2012

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Board of Supervisors and Natchez Mayor Butch Brown have declared a state of emergency for Adams County and the city of Natchez in anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaac’s projected landfall as a Category 1 hurricane.

The declaration was made at the supervisors’ meeting this morning at the behest of Adams County Emergency Management Director Stan Owens, who said the state of emergency would stay in effect for 30 days.

Brown said he declared a state of emergency through an executive order, which will be ratified by the Natchez Board of Aldermen at Tuesday’s meeting.

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A 60 to 70 percent chance exists that Adams County will receive sustained winds of 39 miles per hour, Owens said.

“There is a good chance we will see some wind gusts much stronger than that,” Owens said.

The emergency declaration expands the parameters of local government, Supervisors President Darryl Grennell said.

“It allows the road department and other departments in the county to expand their services for the residents of Adams County as it relates to safety factors,” Grennell said.

For example, the declaration will allow the road department to remove trees blocking access out of private property, Grennell said.

Concordia Parish Police Jury President Melvin Ferrington said the parish was making emergency preparations Monday, but that the parish government had not  declared a state of emergency.