D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi Emergency Management Agency damage assessment teams were on the coast Monday to look at the situation following last Thursday's torrential rain. Officials in Gulfport and D'Iberville filed disaster declarations after sustaining damage to public infrastructure.
In D'Iberville, a bridge in the Pine Crest Acres neighborhood sustained significant damage.
"The velocity of the water was such that as it built up at the bridge, that it ate out the foundation that protected the top of the limestone," said D'Iberville Community Development Director Hank Rogers.
The city decided to declare a disaster to make sure D'Iberville would be eligible for funds from the federal government through FEMA public assistance programs.
"We do a survey very quickly to see what the damage is. That helps the state determine if we're able to take care of it locally. If you establish that the cost is more than the city or state can handle, then they push it up to the federal government," Rogers said.
D'Iberville hopes to qualify for assistance to fix damage on bridges, roads and public buildings. Rogers has this advice for residents and businesses who may have been impacted by rising water.
"If they have insurance, the first thing to do is contact their insurance company. If they don't and we're lucky enough to get a national declaration, then places will be set up. MEMA and FEMA will set up applications for assistance," according to Rogers.
It will take MEMA several days to look at the damage and decide whether or not cities and counties in South Mississippi are eligible for state or federal aid.
If you live in D'Iberville and sustained damage to your home or business, please call city hall at 228-273-3337.