D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - River residents on the Tchoutacabouffa River got caught off guard by a Thursday downpour that caused the river to spill over its banks. "River came up super fast," Windy Swetman posted on his Facebook page. "Got up what we could."
The rising rivers caused panic for one neighbor. She got trapped by the rushing waters. Clay Gutierrez was on his boat and noticed she needed help. "She got swept away by the current," he explained this morning. "It was a bit of a struggle but we finally got her."
It's the second time in just more than a week these D'Iberville residents have seen water cover their yards and flood their streets. Last week, they had time to prepare for what Tropical Storm Cindy would do to their neighborhood. Last night's flash flooding was unexpected. "Two floods in a week. That's a first for me," said Swetman. "Never dreamed that within three hours the water would be under the house. Crazy."
Lamey Bridge Road just north of the Sangani Boulevard is closed because so much water covered the two lane street, it's impassable. The Tchoutacabouffa River was expected to crest at 14 feet. That's two feet above flood stage.
In Gulfport, business owners just north of downtown spent Friday morning removing sand bags from the fronts of their shops. That section of Highway 49 near 19th Street is notorious for flooding. Sure enough, Thursday night's heavy rains brought water very close to their front doors. This time, the water stayed outside.