Officials urge people to stay off the roads

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Officials are urging people to stay off the roads as Tropical Storm Lee makes its way through South Mississippi. As many WLOX viewers report flooded roadways, city and county officials advise citizens to only travel when necessary.

Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy specifically warns travelers to stay off of Highway 90 due to unsafe conditions caused by heavy rain, flooding and strong winds.

The North and Southbound lanes of travel on Lamey Bridge Road, between Johnson Still Road and Lickskillet Road, are closed due to water over the roadway. Public Information Officer Clay Jones advises citizens to use caution in these and other low-lying areas, prone to flooding.

At this time there are no road closures in Pascagoula; however, this could change as water is expected to rise again due to rain, winds and tides.

A voluntary evacuation is in effect for those in low lying areas, campgrounds, and campers. The Gautier Community Center is currently open as a shelter and is staffed by the Red Cross.

City officials advise citizens to travel only if necessary to keep the roads open for public safety vehicles. They are urging people to avoid driving through any flooded roadways.

These rain bands associated with TS Lee will continue to move ashore throughout the afternoon and the evening hours.

Remember that you can follow the storm on WLOX-TV and on WLOX's mobile platforms.  We urge you to download the new WLOX app on your smart phones.  And continually check the WLOX Facebook wall for pertinent information.  If you see damage, take a picture of it, or videotape it, and post it on the WLOX wall.

Copyright 2011 WLOX. All rights reserved.