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Heavy rains create driving hazards

Officials warn drivers to be cautious and courteous on wet roads. (Photo source: WLOX News) Officials warn drivers to be cautious and courteous on wet roads. (Photo source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Flooded streets and standing water put drivers to the test on Wednesday, as saturated ground and additional rainfall create hazardous conditions.

It happens with most heavy rains - saturated grounds mean that water has nowhere else to go. What overworked drains can't handle winds up as standing water on streets.

“We always have concerns when we have a lot of water in a very short amount of time. There's a lot of standing water that occurs in certain areas of the city.  It just causes a lot of extra problems for everybody. We just ask you to be safe, slow down and give yourself some extra time,” said Major Jim Adamo with the Biloxi Police Department.

Some residents do their part to keep storm drains clear; using a rake to clean debris from the grates. When the drains are clogged, they can't keep up with all the rainfall. Even a clear drain would have trouble keeping up with the series of recent downpours.

In East Biloxi, where so many of the roads are already torn up for construction, wet weather makes things even more difficult. Rainfall fills the potholes, making it difficult to see when your car is about to bottom out.

“Especially along Division Street, we had a lot of areas where that was in fact a problem this morning. We actually had to barricade off a portion of Main Street, and then a portion of Benachi,” said Adamo.

Adamo says that when drivers find themselves facing standing water, be courteous to others.

“Especially for people with bigger vehicles. We know you can make it through those, but when you go through at a high rate of speed, it throws water onto other vehicles that are next to you. So, we just ask people to slow down a little bit. And give yourself a bit of extra time to get where you're going,” said the officer.

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