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Gulfport mayor declares state of emergency after severe flooding

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Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes has declared a state of emergency in the city following this morning’s severe flooding.

Hewes said emergency crews have been working since early this morning to address storm drain blockages, road closures and emergency calls. At least 20 people have been rescued from flood waters in the city since 5 a.m.

You can read Hewes’ full statement here:

With today’s unprecedented weather event, dropping over 10” of rain this morning with continued accumulation anticipated over the course of the day, resulting in widespread flooding throughout the City of Gulfport, I am hereby declaring a State of Emergency.

Monitoring the storm since early this morning, our crews are at work responding to storm drain blockages, water rescues, road closures, and emergency calls.   If you are experiencing or are aware of situations needing critical attention, please call 311 for non-emergencies, and 911 for emergencies.  We urge citizens to continue to use extreme caution, and not venture out unless necessary.

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