Biloxi Unveils High Water Markers

Having the Gulf of Mexico in your backyard is one of the beautiful things about living here in South Mississippi, but we all know the risks associated with living on the Coast. Thanks to an initiative led by FEMA, 17 high water markers are popping up across the Coast, representing the major storms we’ve had here.
Today, Biloxi leaders and residents gathered at the Biloxi Visitors Center where one of those high water makers was revealed.
Katrina’s storm surge in the area was 22 feet above sea level with waves reportedly reaching just over 34 feet. The city unveiled a new high water marker, a visible reminder of the height of the catastrophic storm.
Kristin Greger, CRS coordinator, said, “People look and they’re like ‘oh gosh, I can’t believe it was that high’, so it’s just to keep in people’s minds and to raise awareness to be safe and how high the water actually gets.”
The colored markers represent two major storms that devastated the Coast. The blue shows how high Camille’s water rose, the red represents Katrina, and the black serves as a base water level to remind residents how high homes need to be elevated in case of another big storm.
Director of Community Development for the City of Biloxi Jerry Creel said, “We’re in the business of educating people on the importance of being aware of flood elevations and flood preventative measures and how it benefits us in the long term if we do comply with these rules and regulations.”
These markers are funded by FEMA. They can bee see all along the Coast, from Waveland to Ocean Springs. They are a visible reminder for residents and visitors alike that when it comes to hurricanes, expect the unexpected. “As you can see, the Katrina marker is much higher than the Camille marker here on this site. It shows you that you can’t ever become complacent, you always have to be prepared, you always have to build for the worst case scenario,” said Creel.
All together there are 17 high water markers along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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