Flood forces single mother, children to evacuate home

Flood forces single mother, children to evacuate home

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Normally dry ground was turned into rivers on Thursday, with cars were stuck in the water and houses surrounded.

Gulfport resident Debbie Wolfe lives just behind Sam's off Hwy. 49, and never thought Bernard Bayou could overflow like it did.

"I haven't seen this in 30 years," said Wolfe. "I live here on Coleman Rd. and have never seen this. Even Katrina wasn't as bad as this."

Just down the street, Gwen Maggard had to help her daughter and her family flee their home.

"It's probably got about a good foot; probably over a foot inside the house," said Maggard.

When the kids got home from school on Thursday afternoon, the house was still high and dry. But not long after, water rose all around and inside the home.

"It's pretty bad," said Maggard. "She's a single mom, she has two boys. Trying to work and then this happens."

This family had to pack up what they could carry out of the home.

"The house is just full of furniture and stuff that we can't get out," said Maggard. "We're just trying to get pictures, valuables, the dog and clothes for the boys school. Just what we can get by hand and bring through the water."

Maggard's daughter and her grandchildren will now stay with her until the cleanup begins.

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