Gulfport resident wants an end to flooding nightmare

Flood damage inside Nita Bate's home.
Flood damage inside Nita Bate's home.

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A south Gulfport resident who often deals with flooding is now working on fixing her home for the seventh time following a heavy rain earlier this month.

Eighty-year-old Nita Bates has lived at her home on Woodhaven Drive in Gulfport since 1967. She says her flooding issue has only gotten worse over time.

"Flood, flood water, all of this had to be taken in because of the flood water," said Bates.

This is the seventh time Nita Bates has dealt with flood damage this bad inside her home and her next door neighbors say they experience it also and they want the city to come up with a long term solution.

"Something's got to be done because we just can't keep doing this. We all have flood insurance, but that doesn't cover everything. This is ridiculous. We pay taxes just like everybody else," said Bates.

"Flooding is an issue for four homes in this area. We can't keep going on like this. They've been flooded five times, six times, seven times," said Bate's neighbor Raymond Sinopoli.

During a hard rain, Bates says more than seven inches of water fills her home.

"Had to buy a new refrigerator already, washer and dryer's gotta be replaced. Dishwasher's gotta be replaced," Bates said.

The most recent flood Bates has dealt with happened earlier in May.  Already she spent $5,000 in home repairs. For Bates never having to deal with flooding here again would be a dream come true.

"You start watching it when it starts raining and you don't sleep at all. I didn't sleep at all that night. Water didn't recede till 4 o'clock in the morning. So the dog and I were wading in the water all night," Bates recalled about her most recent flood problem.

Bates and her neighbors say they are hoping the city will come up with the answer to their flooding troubles quickly before the next hard rain comes. Ward Two Councilman Ricky Dombrowski has visited with Bates and her neighbors and says the city is working on fixing this issue.

Dombrowski says the city thinks the drainage has debris clogged in it and the is city is waiting for the water to go down so crews can put a camera through the pipes to see if there is blockage so they can clear it.

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