Forrest Heights unveils levee plans - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Forrest Heights unveils levee plans

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Gulfport community is one step closer to getting more protection from Mother Nature. Next month, work is set to begin on a six-month levee restoration project in the Forrest Heights community.

Monday night, hundreds of people came out to a public hearing to learn more on the plans.

More than 40 years ago, Forrest Heights emerged. Two hundred homes were erected in the Gulfport flood zone, but the turnkey community never flooded because along with new homes, came a 16 foot levee.

"Just over the years it became eroded and not maintained very well," said Scott Burge.

Burge is with Garner Russell & Associates, the company that built the first Forrest Heights levee. Now the company will restore the levee back to its original state.

"The only difference is that it will be wider at the top and have more slopes on the side so that it can be maintained," said Burge.

The 16 foot levee will be made of clay-like matter. The sides and top of the structure will be covered with grass. The levee will also have two flood gates, one on the west side of the Forrest Heights subdivision, the other on the southeast corner.

The plan has been in the works for years. However, some want to know what impact the levee will have on other communities.

"We definitely understand the surrounding communities to be concerned that something is going to be placed as a barrier for the water," said Councilwoman Ella Holmes-Hines.

However, contractors assured people they won't divert any water, so the restoration project will not have an adverse impact on the Turkey Creek system.

Soon the rest of North Gulfport will get the help it needs to protect its communities too. A second phase of the project will address the North Gulfport Community.

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers has already earmarked $14 million to raise the Forrest Heights levee to 21 feet. Phase two will also include removing debris from Turkey Creek. There is no word yet on when that phase will begin.

©2009 WLOX. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Crashes cause southbound lanes of I-110 bridge to close

    Crashes cause southbound lanes of I-110 bridge to close

    Saturday, July 22 2017 7:33 AM EDT2017-07-22 11:33:03 GMT
    (Photo: file)(Photo: file)

    Multiple accidents on the I-110 bridge in Biloxi are causing major traffic delays.  Biloxi Police say both southbound lanes of the bridge are closed to traffic while authorities work to clean up after two separate crashes. 

    More >>

    Multiple accidents on the I-110 bridge in Biloxi are causing major traffic delays.  Biloxi Police say both southbound lanes of the bridge are closed to traffic while authorities work to clean up after two separate crashes. 

    More >>
  • Stone County's unique bicentennial project

    Stone County's unique bicentennial project

    Friday, July 21 2017 6:51 PM EDT2017-07-21 22:51:23 GMT
    The project celebrates the county's 100th birthday and Mississippi's bicentennial. (Photo source: WLOX)The project celebrates the county's 100th birthday and Mississippi's bicentennial. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Mississippi is celebrating its 200th birthday this year. The bicentennial is being recognized in a variety of ways.

    More >>

    Mississippi is celebrating its 200th birthday this year. The bicentennial is being recognized in a variety of ways.

    More >>
  • OWA amusement park opens to public

    OWA amusement park opens to public

    Friday, July 21 2017 6:42 PM EDT2017-07-21 22:42:19 GMT

    The amusement park called OWA opened to the public in Foley, AL on Friday morning. It's a $250 million development by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians on a 500-acre site.

    More >>

    The amusement park called OWA opened to the public in Foley, AL on Friday morning. It's a $250 million development by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians on a 500-acre site.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly