PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Seven to ten inches of rain in just eight hours proved to be too much for some drainage systems along the coast to handle. Portions of Highway 90 had to be closed to drivers due to the heavy rainfall Monday morning.
In some areas along the highway, pools of water as high as two feet collected on the roadway, making driving conditions unsafe. In Pass Christian, traffic was re-routed to Scenic Drive at Menge Avenue and Market Street.
"I'd imagine we will probably be dealing with the sand on the streets, on Highway 90 primarily, for the rest of the afternoon, maybe tomorrow also," Pass Christian Police Chief John Dubuisson said. "As quick as M-DOT can get down here and get it off."
And the flooded roadways caused accidents.
"We've had reports of one lady driving off in the ditch. And another truck, I believe, did the same thing back in the North Street area," Dubuisson said.
Others never made it into the traffic, finding themselves trapped in their homes.
"I probably should have left for work at about 4:30 this morning," Jeanie Dubuisson said. "By the time I got ready to leave, I wasn't able to get out."
"I had to come get a ladder cause my roof is leaking," Ryan Jenkins said. "I had to try to get up there and see what the deal was with it. Just problem after problem."
"We needed the rain. The rain was very welcome, but it can stop for the day," said Dawn Nelson.