Heavy rains hit Gulfport neighborhood hard

Heavy rains hit Gulfport neighborhood hard

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - As if Tropical Storm Cindy wasn't enough - some neighborhoods in Gulfport were hit hard by Thursday's rain.

Flooded streets pushed water inside homes, and it's not the first time. The cleanup routine is getting old for resident Carolyn Cole.

It's the fifth time she's been flooded in 14 years.

"It's draining. It's stressful, and sometimes it can get overwhelming," said Cole. "You're feeling, like, hurt. You can't get any help. Won't nobody help."

Just 24 hours ago, 21st Street was a river. Residents just finishing their cleanup from Tropical Storm Cindy are having to do it all over again.

"It's bad. It's bad," said resident Scott Brown. "Flood, what - two times in one week? Lost everything in them. My sister has lost everything. She's trying to get it back and this messed her back up."

Brown has been living in the area with his sister for about 9 months.

"This is from yesterday," Brown said while pointing at soaked household items piled up on the porch. "And we're still not through. We just started. Our cars were underwater. My car, my sister's car and my brother-in-law's truck. All of those went under water."

Cole blames a drainage ditch that runs parallel to 21st Street. She says it's full of debris, and has asked to have it cleaned up.

Gulfport officials told WLOX News Now that crews will be on site within two weeks to make repairs to the ditch.

In the meantime, the experience is taking its toll on residents.

"I want to leave this house and find me another house somewhere else. I'm tired of getting flooded out," said Cole.

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