Ike's Water & Wind Whip Through Pass Christian Again

By Brad Kessie - bio | email

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - The water became so troublesome in Pass Christian Friday, school administrators told students to stay home.

Highway 90 had flood water and sand covering all 26 miles of Harrison County's roadway. And that created a mess in the Pass. Henderson Avenue, Menge Avenue and North Street were all off limits to cars and trucks.

For a second straight day, Ike spun toward Texas.  And for the second straight day, its massive size created headaches in this small south Mississippi town.

Pass Christian was definitely wet. The Mississippi Sound turned parts of Highway 90 into a lake. The St. Louis Bay attacked properties. But its children didn't seem to mind the soaking. Three of them splashed through Timber Ridge's storm surge on scooters.

"Doing this is pretty fun," one of the boys said. "That's the only good thing about storms."

The extra day off from school didn't hurt either. "We can't get to school because the roads are flooded," another boy explained.

Some of the roads near the Timber Ridge subdivision were so wet, people used paddle boats to get from house to house. The height of Friday's flooding caught Susan Bramlett a bit off guard.

"This morning when I got up and the water had started to come across the cart path, I got nervous," she said.

But Bramlett relaxed when she looked toward the Pass Christian Isles golf course just beyond her porch, and saw the water retreating, and the seagulls rejoicing.

"The birds are great," she thought. "We don't normally have seagulls roaming on the 18th hole of the golf course. So, I've enjoyed the birds."

Herb Pursley had a bird's eye view of mother nature doing her thing.

"That's why we built back," the Blue Rose owner explained. "You get it in your blood. If you don't have that water out there and you try to go in and live, it's just not the same."

Pursley was on the balcony of the Blue Rose with Rebecca O'Dwyer. From that Pass Christian perch, they saw Ike's outer edge spraying the seawall with water. And they heard the roar of tropical storm force winds.

"Windy. Very windy. About to blow down. Can barely stand up," said O'Dwyer as she took pictures of the crashing waves.

Despite a similar scene just a day earlier, Pursley admitted, "I didn't expect this much water or wind."

The boys on the scooters didn't expect a day off. They summarized Ike with a heartfelt statement to people on the Texas coast.

"It's a big storm. And I hope everybody in Houston is okay," one of them said.