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Mayor seeking emergency declaration in Gulfport

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Flooding on Hwy 49 Sunday afternoon. Flooding on Hwy 49 Sunday afternoon.
Flooding on 28th Street. Flooding on 28th Street.

Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes says the city is asking the governor for a state of emergency declaration.

The mayor told WLOX News he doesn't expect federal assistance, but he wants to put everybody on notice. He said even if the city's infrastructure had all new pipes, it couldn't handle the buckets of rain that swallowed most of Gulfport in less than two hours.

He also said Gulfport had flooding where it never had flooding before. More businesses than homes had water issues. An overall assessment is being done by public works, police and fire.

Gulfport CAO Dr. John Kelly told WLOX News the deluge was like a 200 year flood event.

"There is no way a city or a county can prepare for the amount of rain we got in such a short period of time," Dr. Kelly said.

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