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Long Beach residents drying out after overnight flooding

The water left almost as quickly as it showed up, but the people of Long Beach were still shocked by Thursday night's flooding.  (Photo source: John Melchiori) The water left almost as quickly as it showed up, but the people of Long Beach were still shocked by Thursday night's flooding. (Photo source: John Melchiori)
"We had water in all the streets. I couldn't even get in our out of here last night," said resident John Melchiori. (Photo source: John Melchiori) "We had water in all the streets. I couldn't even get in our out of here last night," said resident John Melchiori. (Photo source: John Melchiori)
According to resident John Melchiori, the water barely made it inside his house (Photo source: John Melchiori) According to resident John Melchiori, the water barely made it inside his house (Photo source: John Melchiori)
LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -

Residents in Long Beach were still drying out Friday morning after a long night of flash flooding throughout the city. 

The water left almost as quickly as it showed up, but the people of Long Beach were still shocked by the previous night's flooding.

"We had water in all the streets. I couldn't even get in our out of here last night," said resident John Melchiori.

According to Melchiori, the water barely made it inside his house, but there were others along Klondyke Road and the surrounding residential areas that got it worse. He knows flooding is an issue for his area, but he wishes something could be done about it.

The city has been working to fix the problem. Now, just a few days away from officially starting his new job, Mayor-elect George Bass knows he has a lot of work to do. He said there are some things drivers can do to help with flooding situations; namely, slow down. 

"You could get a car coming through there and it could create a wake similar to what a boat would do, and if you've got a home that's two to three inches from getting water and these people at a higher rate of speed, they're going to create a six, seven, eight inch wake that will force it into these homes," said Bass.

Melchiori says his ditches could use some cleaning, but he understands how much rainfall fell over the course of the evening.

"It was unusual circumstances and they did the best they could with what they had," he said.

Bass agreed about the unusual circumstances. The coast was still recovering from Tropical Storm Cindy.

"We haven't really dried out from that. So, it was really surface water and we had no place for it to go," said Bass.

But, he said there are plans to change that. According to Bass, one of the canals running through the city has been re-engineered to handle more water flow. And a plan is in the works to get started on the other canal.

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