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Flooding possible on the MS Gulf Coast

Although some areas of Harrison County have received as many as seven inches of rain recently, emergency management officials say so far the Tchoutacabouffa, Wolf, and Biloxi rivers are not overflowing their banks. (Photo source: WLOX) Although some areas of Harrison County have received as many as seven inches of rain recently, emergency management officials say so far the Tchoutacabouffa, Wolf, and Biloxi rivers are not overflowing their banks. (Photo source: WLOX)
Sand is available at the Lorraine Road work center for anybody who may need sandbags to any rain out of homes this weekend. (Photo source: WLOX) Sand is available at the Lorraine Road work center for anybody who may need sandbags to any rain out of homes this weekend. (Photo source: WLOX)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

An already rain soaked South Mississippi is bracing for another round of showers. Emergency management officials said they're concerned that heavy rain set to move through our area could cause some low lying areas to flood.

Although some areas of Harrison County have received as many as seven inches of rain recently, emergency management officials say so far the Tchoutacabouffa, Wolf, and Biloxi rivers are not overflowing their banks.

"We went into December being below rainfall amount for the month. But over the last six to seven days we have actually gotten our rainfall amount, so our ground is getting saturated," said Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy.

With the ground saturated and another round of showers expected, Harrison County crews put out sand, shovels and plastic bags for residents who may need to guard their homes against flooding.

"There's even some discussion that we could see areas of five, six, seven inches of rain so we just have to be very cautious about where it falls. People need to be very conscientious if they live in a low lying areas as the rain starts to develop they need to be prepared to take what necessary action."

With the wet weather coming in right after Christmas, officials are hoping neighbors will look out for neighbors.

"I think we do have some residents who are off traveling but if they live in some of these basins that we have river flooding take care of them," said Lacy.

Of course, emergency management officials are reminding people to "Turn around. Don't drown." Do not drive through standing water.

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