Gulfport Residents Will Soon See Drainage Problems Corrected

The Gulfport City Council today is stopping further development of a new sub-division until the developer fixes on-going drainage problems. The Gulfport City Council promised help to people who live in Northwood Hills and are putting up with drainage problems from a nearby subdivision that is being developed.

People who live on Loveless Drive and surrounding streets told council members that developer Terry Loveless is building a new phase of the Northwood Hills subdivision right next to them. They say whenever it rains, especially during hard rain like the flooding that occurred last week, water rushes down the hill where the land has been cleared for new homes.

Ten homes in the neighborhood flooded last week. Residents say the drains aren't big enough to handle the water. The developer's partner says they installed a 24 inch pipe into a ditch behind the residents homes to steer the water into Flat Branch Creek. But the developer says one of the pipes washed out of the ground and clogged up the drainage.

Residents say that's when the problems started. "We've had massive amounts of silt wash down onto Loveless Drive and onto Government Street last Monday once again filling up drains and depositing large amounts of silt from the development into the ditch causing more water onto our property and into residents' homes. It's been eight days now and the developer has not returned to the site to take any corrective measures, said Northwood Hills resident Barbara Nally.

City Engineer Bill Powell told the council he met with the developers this morning and they asked for more time to come up with a plan to solve the drainage problems. But two council members aren't real willing to do that.

"Quite frankly I don't think Mr. Loveless has any intention of fixing this, it doesn't look like he has, we've been dealing with this a long time and I for one would like to see that deadline set in stone and us do the work that needs to be done, said Kim Savant from Gulfport Ward 4."

Another city council member made his view public also, "I think we should revoke or suspend their license from doing any building in the city of Gulfport at all until they get this corrected because it is inexcusable for this to go on the for the period of time that it's gone on," said Billy Hewes from Gulfport Ward 7.

Council members voted not to let developer Terry Loveless proceed with the subdivision until he fixes the problems and the city won't grant Loveless new permits for other projects.

Loveless's partner Carl Hamilton says the problems will be fixed and Hamilton says in all the years they've done business on the coast, they've never failed to meet obligations