Gulfport Height Elevations Debated - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Gulfport Height Elevations Debated

It's kind of hard to miss the Barrett Myers house. It's the one just past the weeds on Woodward Avenue in west Gulfport. The one with newly planted palm trees, and bright orange siding.

The colorful house belongs to Donna Myers' mother. Myers is living in a trailer right behind it.

Why orange?

"Since there was no Waffle House anymore for anybody to take directions, we figured this was the next best thing," she said.

Katrina dumped seven-and-a-half feet of water in the Woodward Avenue house. The interior was wet and moldy. But the structure survived. So Myers had contractors rebuild Mom's house on her slab, without raising it a single inch. Height was never a consideration.

"This structure was here. And we weren't going to do anything other than refurbish it and rebuild it they way it was," she said.

FEMA wants Gulfport to adopt stricter height elevation guidelines, so properties closer to the water are out of harm's way the next time a storm roars in.

"Because if you build higher," Ronald Jones of the Gulfport Planning Department said, "then you would be eligible to receive a lower flood insurance premium because you did more than the minimum requirements." 

According to Jones, FEMA is recommending a minimum 18 foot flood elevation for properties near Highway 90, and a 16 foot clearance near inland waterways. 

The city council is debating whether to follow FEMA's recommendations. Council members know that raising height elevations could be a financial burden for some of their constituents.  The council is supposed to vote on the height elevations at next Tuesday's meeting.

Myers would have listened to FEMA if her mom's house back there had a bit more damage.

"Obviously if I didn't have anything left on the slab, there is no way I would build back on the slab," she said. "I mean I'm not stupid, I'm not foolish. But you know when you have it intact, what do you do?"

You do what Myers did. You rebuild with orange paint, giving your home a beach feel, and announcing to the world that you're back.

"It's good motivation, don't you think," she asked.

by Brad Kessie

  • NEWSMore>>

  • breaking

    Traffic tragedy: One dead, diesel spilling; I-10 in Ocean Springs closed

    Traffic tragedy: One dead, diesel spilling; I-10 in Ocean Springs closed

    Thursday, August 17 2017 7:41 AM EDT2017-08-17 11:41:37 GMT
    This is the scene on I-10 after a multi-vehicle wrec (Photo Source: MDOT)This is the scene on I-10 after a multi-vehicle wrec (Photo Source: MDOT)

    Avoid Interstate 10. All lanes near the Ocean Springs exit are closed because of a multi-vehicle wreck. Authorities confirm one person has died. And diesel fuel is spilling from an 18-wheeler involved in this accident.

    More >>

    Avoid Interstate 10. All lanes near the Ocean Springs exit are closed because of a multi-vehicle wreck. Authorities confirm one person has died. And diesel fuel is spilling from an 18-wheeler involved in this accident.

    More >>
  • Deadly accident causes delays along I-10

    Deadly accident causes delays along I-10

    Deadly accident causes delays along I-10

    Thursday, August 17 2017 7:11 AM EDT2017-08-17 11:11:16 GMT
    (Photo: file)(Photo: file)
    Crews are working to clear the scene of an accident along I-10. The wreck happened near Exit 50 early Thursday morning. According to Highway Patrol both east and westbound lanes are blocked.  Officials tell WLOX News Now that several cars and an 18-wheeler were involved. The 18-wheeler is leaking diesel. Authorities say one person was killed.    Copyright 2017 WLOX. All rights reserved. More >>
    Crews are working to clear the scene of an accident along I-10. The wreck happened near Exit 50 early Thursday morning. According to Highway Patrol both east and westbound lanes are blocked.  Officials tell WLOX News Now that several cars and an 18-wheeler were involved. The 18-wheeler is leaking diesel. Authorities say one person was killed.    Copyright 2017 WLOX. All rights reserved. More >>
  • WLOX Editorial: Louisiana flood solution, not a good deal for South Mississippi

    WLOX Editorial: Louisiana flood solution, not a good deal for South Mississippi

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 4:29 PM EDT2017-08-16 20:29:52 GMT

    We are not strangers to flooding on the Mississippi Coast. Nor are our neighbors to the west in Louisiana. There are forever ongoing efforts, planning and discussions about how to mitigate flooding. But a recent study by the Rand Corporation is more than a little disturbing.

    More >>

    We are not strangers to flooding on the Mississippi Coast. Nor are our neighbors to the west in Louisiana. There are forever ongoing efforts, planning and discussions about how to mitigate flooding. But a recent study by the Rand Corporation is more than a little disturbing.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly