Harrison County escapes the worst weather

Harrison County escapes the worst weather

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Harrison County experienced a few high water headaches on Friday, but for the most part, heavy rainfall didn't cause any serious problems for drivers or residents.

The worst flooding appeared to be along Whitney Dr. in Gulfport. Located off Three Rivers Rd. just north of I-10, neighbors say they've experienced it before.

"They're going to have to do something about the drainage system here," said Kelly Lott.

She says it's frustrating to wake up to a lake in the front yard.  As the rains persisted, Lott was concerned about flood waters getting inside her home.

"I started to before they showed up. And when they showed up, I quit worrying," Lott said.

City of Gulfport utility crews deployed a large pump to divert flood waters to a nearby drain. If the rain persists, they'll be back again.

"And they'll have to do it repeatedly throughout the day, or it will build back up," said Lott.

Drivers on I-10 faced difficult conditions with continued rounds of heavy rain, giving windshield wipers a workout.

While on Highway 90,  MDOT crews continued to remove sand, which eventually became a muddy mess.

"Until the rain gets out of here, we've got our guard up," said Harrison County Emergency Manager Rupert Lacy.

As Lacy continues to monitor the storm system, his office is already fielding calls about rising rivers. Heavy rainfall to the north will quickly push Harrison County's three rivers out of their banks.

"On the western side of the county, we will see that river being swollen out of its banks for several days. By Tuesday, everything should be back to normal," said Lacy.

The Wolf River is expected to rise to 11 feet. Lacy says the Biloxi and Tchoutacabouffa Rivers should quickly crest and drop below flood stage by Sunday.

Lacy also added that residents took advantage of the self-serve sand bags at various county locations. Several thousand were deployed in advance of the storm.

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