Flooding causing problems in South Mississippi

WLOX - Heavy, sustained rain overnight is causing widespread flooding across South Mississippi. Low lying ares are flooded as are many streets in cities. Police departments around the area report rescuing several people who drove cars through flooded streets and became stranded.

Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy told WLOX News a Red Cross Shelter will be opening between seven and eight this morning.

Biloxi police report severe street flooding in east Biloxi. Residents have reported as much as four feet of water in homes in the area of Ester Street. The area near Miramar Park and surrounding streets are not passable. Most of Highway 90 has at least one lane open, though there is standing water in the area near Hard Rock.

Gulfport police report no rescues in the city, but callers to WLOX News say a woman was rescued from her home in Bayou View where water flooded homes in the 48th Street area. Numerous roads in the city are flooded and police have placed barricades to warn drivers. The area of Highway 49 near Highway 90 was covered with water.

Jackson County officials are also warning of street flooding.  They say one area to avoid is north of Highway 57, just north of the coca-cola plant.

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