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High water concerns in Long Beach

Flooding on 28th Street is the biggest concern for Long Beach Police. (Photo source: WLOX) Flooding on 28th Street is the biggest concern for Long Beach Police. (Photo source: WLOX)
LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -

Although flood water outside of the football stadium isn't a problem for visiting seagulls, it is an unexpected clean-up for the Long Beach head football coach.

“We took about 2-3 inches inside the locker rooms here. It wasn't too bad, our drains were doing a good job. We're just cleaning it out this morning, pushing the water out,” said football coach and athletic director, Forrest Williams. 

Flooding on 28th Street is the biggest concern for Long Beach Police. Portions of the roadway flood frequently during heavy rain events.

A break from the rain gave overworked canals and drainage ditches a chance to catch-up. It also lowered the level of Lake Long Beach outside the stadium.

The powerful surf in the Sound attracted attention.

“This is amazing, this is my first time,” said Gladys Findlay, who is originally from the Philippines. “Kind of like amaze me. And this is my first time to see how the waves goes over there,” she said.

Christopher Findlay added, “Seeing the beaches disappear for this, it's kind of sad. But I know it'll be back after the storm's gone."

Long Beach firefighters were called to duty at the harbor. The threat of more rising water prompted the removal of the break-away electrical boxes that power the boats.

“If the water comes up any more, it will get in the electrical pedestals for the boats," said assistant fire chief Griff Skellie. "Just trying to remove them at this time, help the harbormaster out. Get them out of here,” 

With 37-inch tires and 10 plus inches of lift on his pick up truck, Dakota Bates doesn't worry much about flooding.

But, he was impressed with the wind-driven water at the harbor.

“The harbor is usually not flooded. None of this is usually flooded. The beach is disappearing now. It's getting pretty bad,” said Bates.

Some young people decided the stormy sound called for skim boarding and kayaking. Not a great idea; they were told by police to come ashore and stay safe.

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