A rising Biloxi River threatens neighborhoods

By David Elliott – bio | email

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy walked along River Road Monday where the Biloxi River is spilling into neighborhoods and covering roads.

"Most of the residents are taking care of their property and preparing to ride out any flooding," Lacy said.

Richard Rose, who lives along the Biloxi River in an area called Retreat Village, has loaded up a trailer with all his valuables to make sure he can get out with time to spare.

"Instead of spending hours getting ready, we're out in 20 minutes," Rose said from inside a trailer filled with tools, a refrigerator and other items.

People in the area have moved boats, trailers and vehicles to higher ground after heavy rain filled rivers and pushed them to flood levels. Lacy's main message to residents is to be serious about the situation.

"We have not had a major flood since Katrina. That scares me that people have forgotten about the danger. We don't want to lose a single life," Lacy said.

Motorists are urged to avoid roads that might be underwater. All residents who live in flood prone areas should keep a watchful eye on the threat of flooding.

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