Rising rivers flood nearby neighborhoods

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The severe weather has Harrison County Rivers overflowing. Both the Biloxi and the Tchoutacabouffa Rivers are expected to crest Friday. However, the Wolfe River will continue rising until the weekend. People who live near the river are practicing a well rehearsed flooding drill.

Paddling is not the usual way Joe Feil would travel on his driveway.  However, a few times a year, the Wolfe River overflows and Feil's driveway becomes a small tributary.

Feil doesn't mind too much. He's lived along the river for 30 years, and has a lot of experience with flooding.

"My standard procedure is to move cars and vehicles and everything like that out to avoid the flood waters. Thankfully civil defense gives us a little warning and we're thankful for that," said Feil.

The severe weather has several rivers in Harrison County flooding, including the Wolfe River. 
When flooding becomes severe, the houses in Feil's neighborhood along Tucker Road become islands and the only way to get around is by boat.

Feil also owns Wolfe River Kayaks and Canoes, so he has plenty of vessels for the getting around. In fact, he says all the vehicles have been moved above the flooding level, so he takes a little time for some river fun.

"I like to go out and paddle around and kill fire ants. That's my form of flood recreation. They all have to come out of the ground when the river floods, and that's a very good opportunity to eliminate some fire ants," laughed Feil.

While many on the river are accustomed to flooding, the rising water can be quite dangerous and officials still urge folks to use caution.

"The system hadn't completely moved out of here yet. We had rain this afternoon and we could have some more rain this evening. So, we're monitoring the weather and hopefully people are preparing for that and doing what they have to do," said Harrison County EOC Director Rupert Lacy.

Lacy also urges residents to abide by road closures, and to never drive through standing water. He says drivers risk getting stranded when they ignore warnings.  Also, driving through standing water creates a wake, and could push water into nearby homes.

The director says until the waters recede, every precaution should be taken.

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