Heavy rains causing flooding in South MS

Heavy rains causing flooding in South MS
D'Iberville Police put up barricades at Lickskillet Road due to flooding. (Photo source: WLOX)
D'Iberville Police put up barricades at Lickskillet Road due to flooding. (Photo source: WLOX)

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Heavy rains in the last 24 hours are causing some street flooding in parts of South Mississippi.

WLOX First Alert Weather Radar shows that the Mississippi Gulf Coast saw up to five or more inches of rain by 8 a.m. Sunday morning.

As of 3:15 p.m. Sunday, two rivers in South Mississippi are in flood stage. The Tchoutacabouffa River near D'Iberville is at 8.1' and the flood stage is 8.0'. It will crest early tomorrow morning around 8.5', meaning that roads around the River and some homes could be isolated. The Biloxi River near Lyman is also above flood stage, which is 12'. It is sitting at 13.4' and will crest at 14' this evening. At this stage homes on lower Fisherman Trail will begin to flood and lower River Road will be impassable.

Driving on Loraine Road will be hazardous due to the high water and River Road near Three Rivers Road bridge will flood.

According to Hancock County Emergency Management Agency Director Brian Adam, the deluge has caused some street flooding, mainly around Central Avenue and Highway 603. According to Adam, the water is starting to recede and if we continue to get breaks in the rain that will allow the water to drain. Adam said if you see water over the road, "turn around don't drown."

Biloxi City Spokesperson Vincent Creel said they have seen some street flooding in East Biloxi and in low lying areas south of the railroad tracks.

According to the City of Biloxi, workers are focusing efforts on Division Street and low-lying neighborhood streets where water may be slow to drain. Among the areas that were inundated with water were sections of Hopkins Boulevard, Porter Avenue, Dorries Street, Querens Street, Cedar Lake Road, Bohn Street, Main Street, Bradford, Lameuse, Esters and a section of Woolmarket Road.

According to Creel, they have pre-positioned pumps in the East Biloxi construction zone to deal with the heavy rains. Once the water recedes in the construction zone, Creel says road construction crews will grade and level the roads.In D'Iberville, Lamey Bridge between Johnstonstill and Riverside Roads was closed. Police also had barriers up at Lickskillet Road, redirecting traffic due to flooding.

According to WLOX Meteorologist Eric Jeansonne, we'll see rain off and on throughout Sunday. He warns we are tracking a second storm system just west of Texas that will bring another round of rain, including some severe weather, on Monday.

In Gautier, many areas are seeing heavy flooding. There are also reports that residents near Bemis Road are without water after the flooding caused issues with the neighborhood's drainage system.

In north Jackson County, flooding on Hwy. 57 between Quave Road and Hollis Lane caused law enforcement to re-direct traffic, as well.

Make sure to tune in at 5:30 p.m. for a recap of all the weather-related issues on the coast and the latest on what you can expect to see on Monday.

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