GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport police have reopened a portion of Hwy. 90 at Maria Ave. Flooding closed a stretch of the busy highway Thursday morning.
Water covers yards along Dedeaux Rd. Some of that water has seeped into homes. People say they're trapped. And because so much of Gulfport is inundated, barricading flooded streets isn't possible. That's the current situation in Mississippi's second largest city, where a series of strong thunderstorms has flooded the community. The National Weather Service now calls this weather event a flash flood emergency.
A woman called from St. Charles Street east of Highway 49. She had a downed tree on a power line in her backyard. Other trees are down along Commerce Street a block north of Pass Road. Some parts of the area have received in excess of 10 inches of rain. Consequently, Gulfport's police chief says roads that normally don't flood are under water.
The water damage is from a system that seems trapped over Gulfport. Heavy rain and lightning have caused significant damage throughout the city. In some instances, the lightning strikes may have sparked early morning fires.
Gulfport police encourage people to stay home until the rain dissipates and the flash flooding disappears.