Committee warns public of hazardous debris from Hurricane Ike

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – In recent weeks, the Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office, Texas Commission of Environmental Quality, and State and Federal Park Rangers have located and recovered more than 70 drums, 40 totes, and 100 5-gallon containers from local area beaches that are potentially hazardous to citizens and the environment.

The Coast Guard, in conjunction with the other South Texas Coastal Zone Area Committee member agencies, continues to conduct regular beach patrols as well as over flights to locate hazardous debris washing up on our beaches. Should citizens locate a drum, container, or tote, it is imperative they stay clear of the hazard and notify Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi of the location and description of the container encountered.

The South Texas Coastal Zone Area Committee is an organization of federal, state and local governmental agencies, industry, and non-profit foundations dedicated to protecting the environment of South Texas and the Coastal Bend

To report hazardous drums, containers, or totes, please contact the Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi Command Center at 361-949-6390.

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