House and a dozen cars flood on Biloxi street

By Danielle Thomas - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Residents on Bellman Avenue in Biloxi say they woke up to waist deep water Saturday morning.

By 8 a.m. the clean up of Trayce Jackson's house was well underway. She says she knew she had a problem as soon as she got out of bed a few hours earlier.

"I woke up, and I step down. And I was in water," said Jackson. "I was like 'What?' Then my boyfriend jumped up, and he was like 'What?' So we started scooping buckets of water out."

Jackson called a friend, Al Watkins, to rush over and help getting the water out, but Watkins says waist deep flooding slowed him down.

"That road was under about four feet of water because the drainage was blocked with debris, so we got here," said Watkins. "With the drainage being blocked with debris as normally happens with a lot of flowing water. If you go out to the street, you can see the plywood that Private First Class Sanders and I pulled out of the drain to at least let the street drain. "

Jackson's house is one of only a few nearby not on raised foundations. Those houses didn't get water inside, but even the neighbors with raised homes couldn't keep the flood from getting to their cars. About dozen cars on and around Bellman Street took in water.

Dewi Clark said, "I was sleep, and my sister actually was getting up and getting ready to get to work. And she came in and was like it's flooded outside to the porch and the cars are under water."

Jackson says she hasn't been able to find a company to sell her renter's insurance because she lives south of the tracks. Now she's wondering how she'll be able to recover for the second time in four years.

Trayce Jackson said, "Another Katrina. Katrina, I lost every single thing. Now I'm about to lose the rest of my stuff that I just got, unfortunately. "

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