Gulfport mayor declares state of emergency after severe flooding

Gulfport mayor declares state of emergency after severe flooding

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - 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.

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