Harrison County

Recent storm destroyed three homes, one business on Coast

TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD 
 Antonio Barnes sweeps water out of Melissa's Bakery on Dedeaux Road in Gulfport on Thursday. The bakery was flooded by Thursday mornings torrential rain.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD Antonio Barnes sweeps water out of Melissa's Bakery on Dedeaux Road in Gulfport on Thursday. The bakery was flooded by Thursday mornings torrential rain.

GULFPORT -- Torrential rains a week ago destroyed a home in Biloxi and two in Orange Grove, the latest damage report says.

Rupert Lacy, Harrison County Emergency Management director, said a tree fell on the Biloxi house, and flooding was high enough to destroy the houses in Orange Grove.

Gov. Phil Bryant's declaration Thursday of a state of emergency from the flooding allows the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency to send in damage-assessment teams. FEMA, the SBA and local officials will determine what federal assistance might be available.

In addition to the destroyed homes, assessments reported to MEMA so far show 96 homes with major damage and 118 with minor damage. One business was lost, 21 had minor damage and 16 reported major damage.

Gulfport residents should call 3-1-1 or the Harrison County Emergency Management Office at 865-4002 to report damage up to Monday morning, a news release from Lacy's office says.

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