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North Gulfport gets drainage work


By Krystal Allan – bio | email

GULFPORT. MS (WLOX) - When it rains, it pours in North Gulfport along Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.  Lizzy Martin said her home becomes an island surrounded by rain water.  

"I can't get out my house," Martin said. "I have to go around the back of my house to get out."

Residents point to clogged ditches as well as old pipes and culverts in disrepair.

"They need to do something better than this," said Gulfport resident Delores Leggett. "They should have done something a long time ago."

After years of headaches, Gulfport and Harrison County are partnering to fix the problem. The county has helped the city secure a $400,000 for a drainage improvement project.  
New pipes, much larger than those currently underground, will run along Illinois Avenue from Jefferson Street to Polk Street and empty into the Turkey Creek watershed.  Project engineers also plan to pull up old culverts.

The goal is to alleviate the flooding by getting smaller drainage areas to drain into the newer, larger drainage pipes.

The project could take about four months, which could inconvenience people traveling along Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., a two lane road. 

"We're gonna need a lot of patience from our residents as we do this with just one lane open," said Ward 3 Councilwoman Ella Holmes-Hines.  

Residents like Lizzy Martin don't mind the hold-ups as long as the problem gets fixed.

"It will just make my heart bubble over cause there's so many other people around here going through the same thing," Martin said.

The work is scheduled to begin in the next two weeks. It will address drainage issues along Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. west of Highway 49.  Supervisor William Martin, however, said he is working to address drainage issues on the east side as well. 

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