The Associated Press
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Forecasters say there could be more rain this week in parts of south Mississippi hit with flash flooding over the weekend.
Heavy rainfall over the weekend caused flooding in areas including Long Beach, Gulfport and Biloxi. Authorities said some areas of Gulfport recorded more than 6 inches of rain Sunday.
William Harold, a Gulfport resident, said 2 inches of water came inside his house when water inundated his neighborhood.
He was among several people who on Monday began cleaning up. The American Red Cross sent staff and volunteers to distribute cleanup supplies and authorities gave out sandbags.
WLOX-TV reports several homes and businesses along Highway 49, between 17th and 19th streets, were under water for hours.
“Right now, we’re finding more than usual structural damage because the water stayed in so long,” said William Brewer, owner of Cardinal Flowers. “It didn’t come in and go out like it normally does so the water settled here for a while. So a lot of the wood and the cabinets and stuff like that are starting to go pretty bad right now.”
Gulfport firefighters had to rescue stranded motorists, including some on U.S. 90.
“It was very high,” Sheila Boddie said of the water. “It has everyone trapped in their homes, they couldn’t get out of the driveways. They couldn’t get down the street.”
In addition to the flooding in Gulfport, other areas on the coast had problems because of the torrential rain. A few people had to be evacuated from homes in Moss Point, and there was street flooding in Biloxi, Ocean Springs, and Pascagoula. Much of Highway 90 along the beach in Harrison County also was underwater.
The National Weather Service said some of the same areas could get more rain at times throughout the week.