Sanderson Farms near eye of storm

GEORGIA — Katrina ripped through Mississippi and Louisiana, leaving much of the southern parts there without power. What this means for Sanderson Farms, Moultrie’s newest industry, remains to be seen.

Sanderson Farms has a half dozen processing facilities and thousands of chicken houses supporting them in the area hit by the behemoth storm.

Right now, there’s only rumor and speculation regarding the extent of damage. The Moultrie Sanderson Farms poultry processing plant was cut off from its headquarters in Laurel, Miss. The eye of Katrina passed a mere 30 miles from Laurel.

Power won’t be restored for two to three weeks over much of Mississippi, reports said. Just last week, 6,000 of Sanderson Farms’ chickens died on a Colquitt County poultry farm after a small outage.

“We’re having trouble getting in contact with them ourselves. So, I don’t know what kind of damage they had or anything like that,” Moultrie Plant Manager Todd Ormon said midday Tuesday.

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