St. Patrick's Day storms could worsen river floods

St. Patrick's Day storms could worsen river floods
At least about 1" - 2" of rain fell in parts of George County on Thursday.
At least about 1" - 2" of rain fell in parts of George County on Thursday.

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Showers are in South Mississippi's forecast through Saturday. Heavy rain poured down across parts of Jackson and George Counties on Thursday afternoon. These areas are already being affected by the Pascagoula River flood. Any new rainfall will only make existing river flood problems worse.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Pascagoula River at Graham Ferry was at 18.5 feet. That's already two feet above flood stage. The Pascagoula River at Graham Ferry in Jackson County will continue to rise to 19.5 feet by Saturday, putting it almost four feet above flood stage, according to the latest river forecasts from the National Weather Service.

"If the Pascagoula River at Graham Ferry crests at 19.5 feet, that would rank as top third highest on record there," said WLOX Meteorologist Wesley Williams.

A 19.5 foot crest would likely lead to river property at Cumbest Bluff being cut off by high water and some river roads would become impassable, among other flooding issues.

At least one to two inches of rain fell in parts of George County on Thursday afternoon. The Pascagoula River at Merrill was measured at about 27 feet. That's down from when it crested earlier this week at about 28 feet. The river should continue to fall to 26 feet on Friday and 25 feet on Saturday, according to the NWS.

"But, with rain in the forecast each day, it will be a slow fall," Williams said.

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