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Sand on highway causes unsafe road conditions

A WLOX reporter and photographer help a stranded motorist on Hwy. 90 in Gulfport Sunday morning. (Photo source: Bryan Caldwell) A WLOX reporter and photographer help a stranded motorist on Hwy. 90 in Gulfport Sunday morning. (Photo source: Bryan Caldwell)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Sand on Highway 90 along the beaches of Biloxi and Gulfport caused traffic concerns for motorists and police on Sunday. 

Shortly after 8:30 a.m., MDOT blocked off Hwy. 90 from the Armed Forces Retirement Home to Debuys Road. Once the weather passes on Monday, they will continue to clean up the highways.  

Gulfport Police say they have had around 15 calls since 7 p.m. Saturday due to vehicles becoming stranded in the sand, some of which included minor accidents.

Authorities are advising drivers to avoid Highway 90 along the beach unless absolutely necessary. 

"We are advising drivers to just take an alternate route if possible," said Sgt. Josh Bromen with Gulfport Police. "It doesn't take very much for a vehicle to get stuck and a lot of times, we can't get out there and your car is going to be towed, which will be a very costly experience for you. So, for the next couple of days, try and use Pass Road as much as possible to avoid that risk."

In Hancock County, emergency officials say a total of 53 streets had flooding issues Sunday morning. Hancock County EMA says the following streets were impassable to traffic: 4th Avenue of Central Avenue, E Avenue at 4th Avenue off Central Avenue, and Bayou View Drive East at 4th Avenue off Central Avenue.

Multiple streets off both the east and west sides of Hwy. 603 are also seeing flooding, as well as the areas near Chapman Road, Jordan River Drive, the Kiln-Waveland cut-off road, Bancroft, River Drive, Chapman Road, and Harbor Drive. Drivers are asked to avoid these are if possible and use an alternate route. 

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