Bayou View West is notorious for its flooding. The Monday morning soaking was no exception. Rising waters from Brickyard Bayou poured into this community. And once again, people helplessly sat by and watched their homes fill up with water.
As Gulfport police rode through the flooded Bayou View West community, they offered help. "If you all need a ride to dry land, call us," a policeman yelled from his truck. "We'll bring you out."
Gulfport rescue crews used trucks and boats to navigate flooded streets and offer assistance. A few soaking wet Bayou View West neighbors took the emergency crews up on their offer. Most decided to ride out the storm surrounded by flood waters. One woman stood in knee high water and said, "I've got too much stuff in here. I just can't leave it."
Just like in past storms, Brickyard Bayou overflowed. Streets, yards and homes became one big, messy river. "Everything is ruined," a flood victim said. "Again."
Constant flooding was why Gulfport started a buyout program in this neighborhood. But only a handful of residents could take advantage of the buyout before this storm forced them to pack bags and splash their way to safety. Durron Myers filled a plastic bag with clothes and waded out of his home "because we never know how long we might have to be out."
The timing of this particular storm hit Charles Wright especially hard. You see, he just had an appraisal done on his Jeffrey Circle home. The plan was to let Gulfport buyout his home, before he waded through another flood. It didn't work that way. "About 6:00 when we got up," Wright said, "there was a little bit of water in the house, came in very fast. Took about an hour to get about this high."
Before lunch, the waist high water began to recede. And Bayou View West residents began to clean up.
Flood waters soaked more than just the Gulfport neighborhood. Apartment complexes around town had water in them. So did Leigh Street in the Long Beach community.