BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Several people who live in Belmont Gardens Apartments off Popp's Ferry Rd. in Biloxi are mopping up water and salvaging possessions after morning floods left a mark on their homes, and lives.
Wringing towels in buckets was the first order of business after the watery wake-up call from Mother Nature. Brooms were also being used, not to sweep up dirt, but water. The cause of the mess - a small draining ditch turned into a raging river.
Residents like Mae Brooks were caught off guard.
"When I woke up this morning, I had to go to the bathroom and I came back and my feet were wet and my carpet was wet. I came into the living room and hall and there was water everywhere. I was scared to death," Brooks recalled.
Stella Marchand had a similar story.
"I got up and came right out here and I was kind of scared because I thought that something had happened to my family," said Marchand. "I ran into a bunch of water in my living room here and when I opened the door, the water just flooded straight right into the house, and it was just flooding."
Others were not that surprised at all by water pouring in their front doors. Catherine McDonald says she has seen it before.
"This makes the third time I've been flooded. I've been here about six years, so I've been flooded about three times. I babysit everyday, and I can't even keep my grandkids today because of this," McDonald said.
Some residents just moved into the complex, and haven't even unpacked boxes. The flooding wasn't the best housewarming gift.
"I woke up this morning and put my feet on the ground and it was all wet; all my boxes and everything. It is kind of a shock," said Denise Osborn. "I didn't expect it to flood so soon anyway. I've heard people say that I might flood, but yeah, it was a shock."
Now that the shock is over, the clean-up begins.
Most residents say it that with the help of family members, it will take at least a few days to get things back to normal.