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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides a variety of support activities for areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. This release provides a summary of activities completed or anticipated to start within the next 24-72 hours.
NOAA MARINE AND AVIATION OPERATIONS
PAO: Jeanne Kouhestani (301) 713-3431 ext. 220, cellular (301) 787-7269
NOAA SHIP NANCY FOSTER will complete its survey of approximately 3 square nautical miles in the approaches to Mobile, Ala. No obstructions reported to date.
NOAA SHIP THOMAS JEFFERSON is transiting to the area, currently just south of the Florida Keys.
NOAA Citation aircraft is flying aerial photography missions in St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes, La.
NOAA OCEAN SERVICE
PAO: Ben Sherman (301) 713-3066, cellular (202) 253-5256
NOAA Office of Response and Restoration personnel are assisting the Coast Guard, EPA, and State of Louisiana to identify, assess, and mitigate more than 200 reported releases and unreported hazardous material problems such as hundreds of stranded drums of unknown materials. There are also more than 70 pending salvage operations that have some type of pollution threat.
NOAA OR&R responders have conducted preliminary reconnaissance of incidents at the Murphy Oil Refinery and the Bass Enterprises Storage Facility both in Louisiana. NOTE: for media inquiries regarding these spills please contact the Joint Information Center at (318) 473-2158 or (318) 473-2495.
NOAA Navigational Response Teams, mobile emergency response units equipped and trained to survey ports and nearby shore waterways, have been dispatched to various locations in the affected areas. These teams check for submerged obstructions that could cause hazards to shipping.
Today NRT4 will begin to side scan survey the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway beginning in Houma, La. and proceeding to New Orleans. This project is expected to take two days to complete.
hydrographic data services provider vessel is working on the lower
Mississippi River from mile 20 north. No new obstructions have been
PAO: Connie Barclay (301) 713-2370, cellular (202) 441-2398
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