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07/06/05

Tropical Storm Cindy Blows Through South Mississippi

Tropical Storm Cindy was an early morning nuisance for the most part. Roads flooded, some piers broke, and some boat owners had some anxious moments. Steve Phillips and photographer Tommy Adams spent the morning covering Cindy's impact on East Biloxi.

Tropical storm Cindy made a mess of Biloxi Bait and Fuel at the small craft harbor. The storm surge tossed coolers and bait boxes into the water. One ice machine floated all the way up to the boat ramp.

"Just gotta clean it up. Put it back together. That's what we're doing," Ralph Case said. "We're trying to get all this mud and stuff out of here. Get the shop done and then we'll start working on that stuff when it stops raining. Still got some shrimp alive. But don't come down!"

Here's something you don't see everyday: A boat in the middle of the beach. Thomas Easter's "Carolina Skiff" was hanging safely on a boat lift at Pelican Cay pier, or so he thought.

"It was sitting on that lift. About four feet above high tide. And I figured the tide wasn't going to get that high and lifted it off that lift and washed it over here," Easter said.

It took Easter and his friends more than a few minutes in the late morning rain to get the runaway boat aboard a trailer to remove it from this beached position. The boat owner wasn't surprised what the storm did.

"No, it didn't shock me. I expected it after I got up and seen the water coming over. I should have moved it."

The light of day showed some of the mess Cindy left behind. The end of the Porter Street pier got washed away by the waves. But all in all, Biloxi and the coast survived the storm with a few minor headaches and a soggy, windy mess.

Piers are often the most vulnerable waterfront structures. Along with damage to the Lighthouse Pier, the City of Biloxi also sustained damage at the Oak and Kuhn Street piers.

by Steve Phillips

 

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