Gulfport homeowners say they are losing their back yards

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Several residents in the Winsong subdivision in Gulfport say they have had enough. While flooding can be an issue all over the coast, these homeowners say the water in their back yards has been rising and standing for years.

"It was just so beautiful. We were going to build equity into it and sale, because we had a baby on the way. I mean a little house like this is perfect to bring your baby home to," said homeowner Amanda Stewart.

Those were Stewart's thoughts on her new home back in 2004. When Stewart and her family moved in, they hosted barbeques and family functions. Now she is afraid to step foot off her patio.

"Every time it rains, it goes up and up, but the bad thing about it is our yards are washing away. On top of that, there is standing water in it at all times," said Stewart.

Stewart and her family are not alone. Her neighbors are suffering from the same problem.

Cassandra Turner has been a resident in Winsong since 2004 and says she has had standing water in her back yard for five or six years. Jennifer Hudson has lived there since 2010, and says her dogs can't even go in the back yard anymore because it is too dangerous.

These residents say their kids can't play in the yard. They can't mow the grass. Not only does the standing water leave a stench, but they say it has drawn snakes into their yards.

"It's a complete danger. I want to be able to have a yard for my daughter to practice soccer in or hula hoop, but when you have cars flying down the street, she can't always play in the road," said Stewart.

Stewart and her neighbors say they've done all they could to fix the problems, but are unable to get the issue resolved.

"I want the water to go away. I want to utilize my back yard," said Vicki Watkins, who has been a homeowner in Winsong since 2008.

These homeowners have all tried selling their homes, but with an issue like this, they haven't had any success.

Gulfport City Councilman R. Lee Flowers says they have worked on this issue for about four and half years, and there is no simple solution. He says the city is still looking for a way to fix the problem.

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