A lawsuit filed in Harrison County Circuit Court blames Gulfport for flooding problems in Orange Grove, an area annexed by the city in 1994. The $2.2 million suit was filed on behalf of 15 Orange Grove residents whose homes flooded in June when the remnants of Tropical Storm Allison dumped nearly 10 inches of rain on the Gulf Coast.
The suit claims homes were flooded because the city didn't regularly clean out a drainage ditch. Ben Galloway, attorney for the homeowners, said he had explained the damage to city officials and requested the homeowners be compensated. He said he received no response so he filed the lawsuit late last month. ``Some of these houses had 3 or 4 feet of water in them,'' Galloway said.