Gulfport wants to hear from flooded businesses, homeowners

Gulfport wants to hear from flooded businesses, homeowners
Gulfport Councilwoman Cara Pucheu is hoping to get a grant to shore up Flat Branch Creek to ease flooding for nearby businesses. (Photo source: WLOX)
Gulfport Councilwoman Cara Pucheu is hoping to get a grant to shore up Flat Branch Creek to ease flooding for nearby businesses. (Photo source: WLOX)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - If your home or business in Gulfport was swamped in last Thursday's unprecedented flood, the city wants to hear from you.

Many businesses on Dedeaux Road are still trying to clean up and repair the damage from last week's widespread flooding. The city is trying to get a gauge of all the places affected by the sudden storm so it can put together a comprehensive drainage plan for the future.

When Roianne Gutierrez heard about the flooding woes at Flowers Forever, she knew she had to place an order for Mother's Day.

"I saw where Mike [Brunson] has had some hardships this week. Normally, I order flowers from him on a monthly basis, but I said, 'Well, he needs an extra perk in his business right now to help him get over this hurdle,'" said Gutierrez.

Michael Brunson's floral shop is still trying to dry out from Thursday's deluge.

"We're cleaning and bleaching, because most of that sewage was in there and you could smell it," he said.

Brunson felt fortunate business has not wilted despite the water damage.

"If it had been a wedding weekend, it might have been an issue, but we're ok," said Brunson.

On Monday, Ward 7 Councilwoman Cara Pucheu went door-to-door around Dedeaux Road. She was helping the city put together a report of businesses and homes that were affected by the severe weather.

"We're just trying to make an assessment of how this special rain event that happened last Thursday and we got almost 12 inches of rain within about a two-hour time span," said Pucheu.

Pucheu hopes the information can be used to apply for a Natural Resources Conservation Service Grant to shore up the banks and improve the drainage in nearby Flat Branch Creek.

"To actually clean it out and do a little bit more of clean out to help the water flow a little bit better," said Pucheu.

"I think it'll help some, but whenever you have an event like this, Mother Nature's going to dump it and it's going to do what it wants to do," said Brunson.

If you experienced flooding in Gulfport last Thursday, the city is asking that you to report it by dialing 311 or (228) 868-5700. You can also send an email to 311@gulfport-ms.gov. The deadline is Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.

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