Prepping for Gordon
While Gordon shifted before making landfall late Tuesday night, Gulfport residents were still on high alert most of the evening and under a curfew.
Neon lights dotted the late night sky in downtown Gulfport Tuesday night as Gordon made landfall further east than expected initially.
While the gaming commission shut down Coast casinos, including Gulfport’s Island View Casino, resort hotels and other local places of lodging remained open. Residents made the most of the last moments before the 7 p.m. curfew went into effect Tuesday evening. Gulfport resident Malcolm Caldwell said, “We live in a small apartment complex where it floods a lot so we’re getting sandbags for that.”
Caldwell, his son Malik, and other family members were armed with shovels, filling sandbags late Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Courthouse Road and Highway 90. Having moved to Gulfport just one year ago, Caldwell knows all too well its best to prepare for the worst. “We are working hard now. We’re from Louisiana so we already know what we are in for. We aren’t taking any chances especially with Katrina and everything. We’re not taking chances with nothing.”
Even as the final minutes before the curfew ticked down. “That’s why we’re on the road right now. We’re getting things done. We got four sandbags. We need four more then we’re out of here,” said Caldwell.
Laurel McClendon, her son and his best friend, had an assembly line of sorts going on as they filled sandbags alongside the Caldwells. McClendon said she planned to reward her helpers’ hard work soon after the curfew went into effect. “I’m going to go home and cook dinner, shrimp fettuccine and turnip greens.”
A fitting meal for a night that turned out to be relatively calm in Gulfport.