Ocean Springs looks to save future generations from flooding woe - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Ocean Springs looks to save future generations from flooding woes

Ocean Springs wants to do the legwork now to prevent future generations from having to deal with flooding problems. (Photo source: WLOX) Ocean Springs wants to do the legwork now to prevent future generations from having to deal with flooding problems. (Photo source: WLOX)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

Ocean Springs wants to do the legwork now to prevent future generations from having to deal with flooding problems. There was a meeting at the Ocean Springs Civic Center on Thursday where people learned about the rising sea level and how it could impact them. 

In the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, some Ocean Springs residents say they haven't forgotten the power of rising water.

"I think we learned a great deal about flooding and the dangers and excitement of a category two storm type with the surge," said Ray Bellande. 

Ocean Springs leaders said the average high water mark is expected to rise by a foot and a half over the next 50 years. That means during severe weather, what are minor flooding problems today could later become major headaches. 

"We're trying to prioritize areas in the city that may need to be looked at for storm water runoff, drainage issues, road improvements," said Carolyn Martin, Ocean Springs Grants Administrator. "Things that we can do to enhance our infrastructure as both current storm tides and also in the face of rising waters. Things won't happen overnight, but as we comprise our list and funding becomes available, we'll address the areas that are most vulnerable." 

A workshop called Where's the Water is scheduled for Friday at 9 a.m. at Ocean Springs City Hall. Officials said the program is supported through a grant from NOAA and the Mississippi Alabama Sea Grant and Gulf of Mexico Alliance to help Ocean Springs develop more resilience to severe weather.  

The city is using a computer program that allows residents to see how future changes in the sea level will impact private and public property. 

"When we build new lift stations and put in new infrastructure, water, sewer infrastructure, we make sure that it's high enough and built in such a way that it will last even in the face of high water,” said Martin. “We're actively looking at that as we look at our own infrastructure." 

City leaders said while many people won't be around in 50 years to reap the benefits, future generations will thank us. 

At Thursday's meeting, Ocean Springs leaders gave people tips on how to protect their property from flooding and asked them to fill out a survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JV2CP8K 

Copyright 2015 WLOX. All rights reserved. 

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Blues Over Biloxi: A complete guide to the Coast's best air show

    Blues Over Biloxi: A complete guide to the Coast's best air show

    Saturday, July 21 2018 6:50 AM EDT2018-07-21 10:50:25 GMT
    The Blue Angels will perform on July 21-22 at Blues Over Biloxi. (Source: U.S. Navy)The Blue Angels will perform on July 21-22 at Blues Over Biloxi. (Source: U.S. Navy)

    Whether you're planning on watching from the coastline or from home, we've got all the details you need to know about Blues Over Biloxi!

    More >>

    Whether you're planning on watching from the coastline or from home, we've got all the details you need to know about Blues Over Biloxi!

    More >>
  • Want to watch the Biloxi air show from your boat? Here's what you need to know

    Want to watch the Biloxi air show from your boat? Here's what you need to know

    Saturday, July 21 2018 6:49 AM EDT2018-07-21 10:49:37 GMT
    Boaters will need to follow the rules when the Blue Angels take to the skies. (Photo source: WLOX News)Boaters will need to follow the rules when the Blue Angels take to the skies. (Photo source: WLOX News)

    When the Navy's Blue Angels team take to the skies this weekend, the Department of Marine Resources is expecting people to take to the water to watch.

    More >>

    When the Navy's Blue Angels team take to the skies this weekend, the Department of Marine Resources is expecting people to take to the water to watch.

    More >>
  • A.J. Giardina throws out a Shuckers ceremonial first pitch

    A.J. Giardina throws out a Shuckers ceremonial first pitch

    Friday, July 20 2018 11:06 PM EDT2018-07-21 03:06:10 GMT
    A.J. Giardina poses for a picture with Shuckers outfielder Troy Stokes Junior after throwing a ceremonial first pitch (WLOX Sports)A.J. Giardina poses for a picture with Shuckers outfielder Troy Stokes Junior after throwing a ceremonial first pitch (WLOX Sports)
    A.J. Giardina poses for a picture with Shuckers outfielder Troy Stokes Junior after throwing a ceremonial first pitch (WLOX Sports)A.J. Giardina poses for a picture with Shuckers outfielder Troy Stokes Junior after throwing a ceremonial first pitch (WLOX Sports)

    A.J. Giardina may be done with is broadcasting career, but he still has a few throws left in the 'ole cannon.  The Biloxi Shuckers honored the recently-retired WLOX legend, showing a tribute video on the jumbotron honoring his 39 years covering South Mississippi, and with a ceremonial first pitch.  

    More >>

    A.J. Giardina may be done with is broadcasting career, but he still has a few throws left in the 'ole cannon.  The Biloxi Shuckers honored the recently-retired WLOX legend, showing a tribute video on the jumbotron honoring his 39 years covering South Mississippi, and with a ceremonial first pitch.  

    More >>
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • SC dentist has ladies flocking for teeth cleanings after 'In My Fillings' challenge

    SC dentist has ladies flocking for teeth cleanings after 'In My Fillings' challenge

    Friday, July 20 2018 1:53 PM EDT2018-07-20 17:53:18 GMT
    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)
    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)

    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately.  

    More >>

    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly