Pearl recovers after weekend storms down trees and bring more flooding

Pearl recovers after weekend storms down trees and bring more flooding

PEARL, MS (WLBT) - Another round of storms and torrential rains over the weekend threw the city of Pearl into emergency mode. Residents and businesses dealt with flooding to downed trees as the turbulent system moved across the city.

At the intersection of Barrow and Boehle Streets in Pearl there was flooding and storms that toppled a tree onto a home causing extensive structural damage. Ricky Pearson said his Boehle Street home was damaged a second time by another of his neighbor’s trees - the first uprooted Thursday.

Ricky Pearson's home suffered extensive damage after a tree fell on it after severe weekend storms
Ricky Pearson's home suffered extensive damage after a tree fell on it after severe weekend storms

Saturday he was standing outside when the second giant oak tree landed, crushing the roof over two bedrooms. Pearson has no insurance and has been staying in his living room without electricity.

“I saw the tree sway toward my house, and go back, and then the next puff of wind, when it pushed it, it did not have the ability to stand back up and it just laid down on my house,” said Pearson.

Little Willie’s BBQ Restaurant owner Warren Wright relived a nightmare at his Highway 80 business. This is the sixth time the restaurant has flooded in three years.

A flood wall kept Little Willie's BBQ from flooding Saturday. Source: WLBT
A flood wall kept Little Willie's BBQ from flooding Saturday. Source: WLBT

“We would hate to move. We have a loyal customer base that some of our customers eat here three and four times a day,” said Wright. “We don’t want to have to move. So we’ve stuck it out this land and we’re gonna hang in here a little longer.”

Pearl Mayor Jake Windham has been working on a comprehensive plan for six months to address the problems in three areas: Pine Park, Skyway Hills and King Heights.

“The comprehensive plan, when you start talking about reworking ditches from a construction standpoint and putting in other over-sized culverts that can handle the water volume, it’s going to be an expense, and I’ll certainly need the support of the board of aldermen to move forward to appropriate those funds,” said Windham.

Mayor Jake Windham has been working on a comprehensive plan to solve the flooding problem since October. Source: WLBT
Mayor Jake Windham has been working on a comprehensive plan to solve the flooding problem since October. Source: WLBT

The mayor hopes to begin work on the comprehensive plan this summer. The first project, Pine Park, is estimated to cost $1.8 million dollars.

The city will need federal funding for the project.

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