MEMA's Flood Damage Report

By Krystal Allan - bio | email

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI, MS (WLOX) - MEMA has released a report detailing the widespread damage caused by floods. In all, the storms affected 25 counties and 645 residents.

Here's the break-down across Harrison, Jackson and Hancock counties.

In Harrison county, 225 homes and apartments were affected. The floods affected 135 roads; three had major damage.

In Jackson County, 28 homes were destroyed while 122 suffered minor damage.  Flooding and debris has closed 38 county roads.

Sunday afternoon Jackson County Emergency Management Agency has set up a river stage phone for updates 228-769-6508.

Highway 614 in Hurley, where the bridge crosses the Escatawpa River, is now closed until further notice because of water over the bridge.

The Mobile Water District is lowering one of its flood gates on Big Creek Lake as conditions permit to help the flooding situation. Saturday the district opened by ten feet to avoid damaging a dam.

The EMA says people shouldn't sightsee in the flooded areas because it pushes more water into homes.

Besides property damage, the floods claimed the life of a man. D'Iberville Plice discovered the body of 36-year-old Eugene Dixon, Jr. in a ditch near Neal Road and Annette Lane. Police say his vehicle was simply overcome by flood waters. Harrison County Coroner, Gary Hargrove, says drowning is the cause of death.