COPIAH COUNTY, MISS–Pumps have been placed onsite to help move the waste from the gravel pit where two men have buried since a dam collapse on Friday.
Copiah County Emergency Management and the Mississippi Emergency Management agencies said in a statement that Green Brothers Gravel Company acquired pumps that can handle solids/heavy slurry, running through the night with brief periods of routine stoppage to clear and reset the hydraulic pumping unit for better suction.
A state rescue and recovery team has been contacted and is now onsite. They are executing a plan for extraction from the cabs. While one cab of an excavator was located, the body of the worker was not found, but his ball cap was extracted.
Green Brothers and MSHA have been in charge of the recovery operation since it occurred close to 11:30 a.m. June 3.
Copiah County, MEMA and other state resources are providing support to the operation as requested.
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