A Gulfport Community Is Concerned With Flooding - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

A Gulfport Community Is Concerned With Flooding

A Gulfport community is concerned about potential flooding problems, especially with hurricane season fast approaching.  While people who live on Riverroad Drive have come to accept water spilling over from a nearby river as a fact of life, they say it's a whole different story since Katrina. Now that many residents are living in FEMA trailers, rather than homes, neighbors believe it's not a matter of if it will flood, but when.

"Last Saturday it was just above the center of the wheels. It came just between the second and the third step," Bobby Hanson says.

Flooding on Riverroad Drive is never a surprise to Bobby Hanson and his neighbors.

"It floods about seven or eight times a year. It'll get five feet deep here before it's over with, always. Everybody here has a skiff, and we tie up down the road to get back and forth to work."

When Katrina damaged their elevated houses many people went to live in FEMA trailers making the possiblity of flooding go from just an inconvienance to an overwhelming concern.

"Because everything we've got left is in a FEMA trailer. If it floats down the river with the FEMA trailer, we just lost it. We don't have nothing left," says Cheryl Moore. "It's a little nervous. It's nerve racking."

The Moores live in a FEMA trailer on the other end of Riverroad Drive.

Cherly Moore says if 40 mile per hour winds were enough to push river water into the front yard. She's afraid of what a hurricane might do.

"I'm worried about it especially since the forecast you know of this is supposed to be you know another rough year. I'm just praying it don't come this way but you know but I never thought Katrina would do what it did," says Moore.

Some neighbors say they can't afford to take chances with mother nature. They either have or are about to move back into homes still under repair. Others have their another remedy.

Bobby Hanson says, "I'll get my stuff out. They may lose that FEMA trailer. It may be gone. You may catch it going down the river."

"What little bit I do have left I guess I wouldn't want to lose it, but I guess when you don't have much, you don't worry as much," says Moore.

By Danielle Thomas

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Woman killed in wrong-way interstate crash identified

    Woman killed in wrong-way interstate crash identified

    Wednesday, March 29 2017 11:06 AM EDT2017-03-29 15:06:13 GMT

    The woman killed in a wrong-way crash on I-10 early Wednesday morning has been identified.

    More >>

    The woman killed in a wrong-way crash on I-10 early Wednesday morning has been identified.

    More >>
  • Woman reported missing in Biloxi

    Woman reported missing in Biloxi

    Wednesday, March 29 2017 10:27 AM EDT2017-03-29 14:27:27 GMT
    Lindsey Newman (Photo source: Biloxi Police Department)Lindsey Newman (Photo source: Biloxi Police Department)

    Biloxi police are asking for help finding a woman last seen March 9. Officials said Lindsey Newman, 30, was last seen in the 700 block of Beach Blvd. around 1 a.m.

    More >>

    Biloxi police are asking for help finding a woman last seen March 9. Officials said Lindsey Newman, 30, was last seen in the 700 block of Beach Blvd. around 1 a.m.

    More >>
  • Bus passenger seeks $25 million in damages from train accident

    Bus passenger seeks $25 million in damages from train accident

    Wednesday, March 29 2017 8:44 AM EDT2017-03-29 12:44:11 GMT

    A new lawsuit filed in the aftermath of the tragedy on the tracks near downtown Biloxi claims the driver of the bus stuck on the tracks "was an inadequately trained, unlicensed, incompetent or reckless." That suit was filed in Houston, Texas on behalf of Mary Hall, one of the injured passengers on the charter bus that got smashed by a CSX train. It asks a court to award Hall a minimum of $25 million in actual damages.

    More >>

    A new lawsuit filed in the aftermath of the tragedy on the tracks near downtown Biloxi claims the driver of the bus stuck on the tracks "was an inadequately trained, unlicensed, incompetent or reckless." That suit was filed in Houston, Texas on behalf of Mary Hall, one of the injured passengers on the charter bus that got smashed by a CSX train. It asks a court to award Hall a minimum of $25 million in actual damages.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly