The Port of Gulfport has adopted a new hurricane policy.
Port Director Don Allee said all tenants will be required to evacuate equipment, including shipping containers, within 72 hours of a hurricane landing in "the port area."
The news is welcome relief to residents of Gulfport's West Side neighborhood, some of whose homes were crushed by shipping containers and yards contaminated by spilled chicken and pork that left a stench for months.
Allee said it's the port's mission to evacuate all equipment that could be harmful to the nearby community.
Councilwoman Libby Milner-Roland, who represents West Side, said the port's new evacuation policy gives homeowners one less thing to worry about the next time a storm comes their way.
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