|Welcome to Pass Christian, Mississippi
Located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
This site has been created to be a useful location to residents surviving Hurricane Katrina. I grew up in Pass Christian and am posting information for my parents, Lou & Wilma Rizzardi.
Note to Residents of Pass Christian: Once again, this information is from my mother, Wilma Rizzardi, who is married to Alderman Lou Rizzardi (Ward 1). Although this isn't "official" Pass Christian information, it should be accurate. If you aren't sure, call Wilma or Lou.
You can view all of the updates posted below:
The Town Council Meetings will be changed to Tuesdays & Thursdays at 4pm at the Fire Station on Second Street near Lang Ave. This will begin this Tuesday, October 11th
They have officially begun the debris cleanup but on the west end of town in Timber Ridge. They need to get power, water and sewer operational there. In fact, they were threatened by the county to make all of the residents in the Pass leave until this is fixed. So, their highest priority is to get the utilities working in all areas.
FEMA is apparently feeding those in need (I think near the Park in the Pass). I hear that the lines are long, so some locals are taking advantage of meals being offered by church groups at various locations.
Each Monday at 12:30pm, there is a city-wide council meeting at the fire station on Second Street near Lang Ave. (I'll find out if this will be moved once they get trailers set up for the new City Hall).
Yesterday, they extended the time for residents to visit their homes from 8am to 5pm. The previous rules apply.
You will need an ID to get a pass. You can get the pass at Abby Road. Click here to view map. The pass will then get you through the checkpoints.
You need to come and comb through the debris to find any belongings that you want to keep.They have awarded the contract of clean-up to the Corp of Engineers. We do not know when they will begin cleaning up the debris left from Hurricane Katrina. However, we know that they will not begin this week through Sunday. So, once again, you are encouraged to come and search through any belongings before the clean-up begins.
The City council are only making decisions one week out at a time. So, the next meeting will take place on Monday, September 26th at 12:30pm. I will try and get any new information from my mother that evening. It is still very difficult to get calls into the area.
On a different note, many of the survivors from Hurricane Katrina were interviewed today (Tuesday, Sept. 20th) by Good Morning America (GMA). GMA is encouraging any residents that are in town to meet at 6:20am at the corner of Market and Second Street. They will appear on Wednesday's show "LIVE". The interviews and the Live segments will appear during this broadcast.
You need a pass to get into Pass Christian. You can get one off of Menge Ave on Abby Road. Go to the end of Abby Road and the place to go is this neighborhood's clubhouse. It is well marked with signs. Bring your proof of ownership here to get your pass. You can only get into Pass Christian between 8am-4pm, but if you get in, you can leave after this time. They have 2 checkpoints, one on Menge and the other on Espy.
As per Wilma Rizzardi (my mom):A lot of this is a reiteration of yesterday's comments. There are a few new items towards the end highlighted in bold:
Although this isn't "official" Pass Christian information, it should be accurate. If you aren't sure, call Wilma or Lou.
As per Wilma Rizzardi (my mom):
I think this is most of the information. My mother spoke to my husband, so this is second-hand information. Once again, this information is intended to help Pass Christian residents.
It is not official "City of Pass Christian" information, just a resident who is trying to help other residents. My mother is the wife of Alderman Lou Rizzardi of Ward 1. So, hopefully, the information is accurate. Once again, you can call my mom if you need to reach them. Her number is: 228-216-9121. Lou's number is: 228-216-1121. If my mom calls me, I will post any additional information here.
Wilma Rizzardi (Lou Rizzardi's wife who is an Alderman for Pass Christian's Ward 1) called me (her daughter) today and told me the following information:
Currently, it has been very frustrating for homeowners because the ways into the city are blocked and they are not allowed in. Some have traveled many hours just to be turned away. Lou is trying to get this changed. Apparently, the fire chief, police chief, and city attorney came up with this policy and they have been slow to change it. I'm sure that the other alderman on working on this as well.
Wilma is hopeful that by 3pm today, residents will be allowed in. Be sure you have some identification to prove you are a resident or homeowner. A drivers license, water or electric bill, or other form of documentation should be sufficient.
Please note that I cannot call in. I try 10-20 times a day with no success. Occasionally, I'll get a call from my mom, Wilma Rizzardi. If I do, I will post the information here. Also note that this information is not "official" Town of Pass Christian info but information as related from my mother, Wilma Rizzardi.