Water, wind subsiding; curfew remains in effect

Wind and water are subsiding in Biloxi, but Mayor A.J. Holloway says a curfew will remain in effect until city crews have had a chance to access damage and clear streets of downed tree limbs.

The city saw sustained winds of 40 mph, with gusts up to 60 and 70 mph, plus a 12-foot storm surge in some areas of the peninsula, causing localized flooding. The area near the Isle of Capri on Point Cadet remains inaccessible because of water.

No fatalities were reported, according to Biloxi Police.

Although some power outages were reported, no Biloxi residents had interruptions of water or sewer service, Public Works Director Richard Sullivan said.

“We’re out checking on our water wells and wastewater lift stations, removing fallen limbs from streets and inspecting traffic signals on city streets,” Sullivan said.

The police and fire departments had extra personnel on duty and planned to continue the enhanced staffing for the remainder of the day.

“People need to stay off the streets until we get an assessment completed and get the roadways cleared,” Holloway said. “We’re keeping the curfew in effect because the winds are still gusting and not all of the water has receded. And in those cases where it has receded, debris lines needs to be removed.”