GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Streets across the coast dried up Monday afternoon after the morning's heavy rain. One road in a Gulfport neighborhood actually had to be closed for some time as a recurring flooding issue was dealt with.
For those who live on Sharp Blvd., heavy rain usually means that it's time to keep an eye on rising waters.
"We know when it happens, we take the truck. We don't take the car. Leave the car in the driveway, especially us being here trying to get out of the driveway. It's really deep," said Aaron Smith.
Flash flooding here at least once or twice a year is not uncommon, but that doesn't mean the residents won't try to brave the increasingly hazardous conditions. That includes Kyle Smith, who tried to get through but stalled in the process.
Smith said he's very aware that this exact situation could happen every time a lot of rain falls at once.
"It's the coast. It's going to happen. It's April. Happens every April," Smith said.
He and other drivers didn't want this to interfere with their plans for the day. Many people did stop and turn around at the water's edge.
Angela Keller remembers this happening in years past and knew it would be better to stay on dry land.
"It did flood like this, but I didn't go down it either. It takes about 30 minutes, and then it goes down," Keller said.
This time, it didn't. The water stayed, and that prompted a visit from Utility Partners with the Gulfport Public Works Department.
Their focus was a drain right in the middle of the standing water. Many of the residents were glad to see some action being taken.
"I think some of that might just be backed up with trash and debris," said Clarence Webb.
The work crews were trying to find out what exactly had the drain stopped up. To do that, they closed the street to traffic and used a pump truck to essentially drill through the blockage with water.
After about an hour of working at it, the flood drained through the underground culvert and out of the street, relieving this area once again from this watery hassle.
The director of Gulfport Public Works tells WLOX News Now an inspection of the culvert will be conducted. If it's damaged, it will be replaced.