Cristobal proves a persistent nuisance

“It was a little bit more than I thought it would be,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said of Tropical Storm Cristobal today, after a weekend of tropical winds and more than seven inches of rain closed many of the city’s roadways.

“I think many people were surprised by the strength of the storm, considering how far away we were from the center,” Gilich declared.

No deaths, injuries or house flooding were reported in Biloxi, but city staff today are continuing to assess waterfront damage — piers, primarily — along the Biloxi peninsula as gusty winds and rain persisted today, hours after Cristobal made landfall Sunday near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Biloxi first responders rescued more than two dozen motorists whose vehicles became stranded after driving into flooded streets, primarily U.S. 90 Sunday afternoon.

The storm, with 50-mph winds, came ashore Sunday in Louisiana, between the mouth of the Mississippi River and Grand Isle, but heavy rainfall and a storm surge were continuing in Biloxi and the surrounding area.
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News & notes: Weekly review, B-Alert, council, storm damage

Weekly review: Get the recap of the week that was from key city departments – Police, Fire, Community Development and Engineering – by clicking here.

B-Alert: Are you one of the 10,000 people who saw the two-dozen storm-related traffic advisories transmitted by the city this weekend? To sign up for the free service, text BILOXI to 888777. To learn more about see previous texts, click here.

Council: The next scheduled meeting of the Biloxi City Council is Tuesday, June 16. To see replays of City Council meetings, click here.

Storm damage: To report storm damage for inspection by the city’s Community Development Department, call 228-435-6280.