Heavy rain causes flooding and rising rivers in Harrison Co.

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - It has been a wet start to the weekend for South Mississippians. Scattered storms caused river and street flooding on Friday night that continued well into Saturday afternoon across the Coast.

Drivers splashed through the rain covering Highway 90 in Biloxi on Saturday morning. Noel, and her dog Tipitina, got drenched during the morning showers.

"It is definitely wet. It has not been a fun morning," said Noel.

Biloxi police said the nasty weather conditions began Friday and got worse.

"We had some hard rain earlier in the night and a constant light rain every since, so we had some water standing on the road. We had one road that water backed up on in the Timber Creek subdivision that remained impassable," Biloxi police officer Tim McKaig said.

Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy said firefighters have also been keeping a close eye on the weather.

"Fire responders were doing rescues for people who were not paying attention to the barricades or driving through standing water," said Lacy.

The rain also swelled the rivers in Harrison County, especially the Biloxi River.

"Biloxi River is one of the main rivers that divides Gulfport and Biloxi. Our neighborhoods are residents in Biloxi to the Woolmarket Estates area," Lacy said.

Due to heavy rain and rising rivers, there were several neighborhoods that were turned into lakes.

"We are looking in the neighborhood of about 20 streets, maybe a few more now," Lacy said.

Over on River Road Drive, residents were prepared for the flooding.

"I have everything in a place where you can lift it up and get it off the ground three or four feet, and that usually takes care of everything," a resident said.

The residents in the area admit it is frustrating to see the rivers swallowing their street, but it is all part of living near the water.

"We knew the water was coming, but you get about 360 good days a year out here and you get about five bad ones," a resident said.

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