GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Areas of Gulfport are under water that seemingly never flood. One of those spots is on Courthouse Road just south of Pass Road. The police chief said there was so much water by the Hardy Court Shopping Center, that section of Courthouse became impassable.
Much of downtown Gulfport was also swallowed up by the relentless Sunday afternoon rain.
WLOX News has received pictures from Highway 49, where knee high water created issues for drivers. Neighbors who live on 30th Avenue, 42nd Avenue, and several sections of north Gulfport all called to say flood waters were approaching their homes. And they all said this kind of flooding was not an issue when Hurricane Katrina came ashore.
We saw a picture from a church on 28th Street that had water surrounding the building. Church members stood at the front door, unable to leave their sanctuary.
Gulfport's public works team is digging out ditches, and cleaning out drains, hoping that will help the water recede. The public works director says an analysis will be done to see if more needs to be done to prevent this sort of flooding, even during a deluge like what fell Sunday afternoon.
Some areas of the city received nearly six inches of rain in less than two hours.
Biloxi had its own flooding issues. Division Street in front of the Kroc Center was under water for part of the day. And Highway 90 in front of Beau Rivage and the Hard Rock had water issues.