LB officials urge drivers to stay off roads

LB officials urge drivers to stay off roads
Royal Drive in Long Beach. (Photo source: viewer)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Road closures are underway as roads begin to flood in Long Beach during a severe weather advisory. Most of Highway 90 in Long Beach is flooded, according to Long Beach Police.

The Long Beach Police Department is advising drivers to stay off the roads in areas with flooding. Officers are putting up barricades to block motorists from driving down flooded streets.

"The City of Long Beach has major flooding throughout the city. We are asking residents to please stay off the roads. If you have to get out please drive slow. Wakes are being created by drivers and pushing more water in homes. Emergency responders are busy getting calls and getting barricades out to block streets. Please turn around don't drown. Stay safe," said Jenny Levens with the City of Long Beach.

Reports say water is rising quickly as heavy rain continues to fall, getting into some homes in the area. Shortly before 4 p.m., officials say more than 19 homes in the city have flooded.

Among the flooded roads:

  • Rita Lane at West Old Pass Rd.
  • Alverado Dr. at Roddy Circle
  • Clower at Pineville Rd.
  • Royal Dr.
  • Daughtery Rd. and Commission Rd.
  • West Old Pass Rd. and North Island View Ave.
  • Canal Rd. south of Robinson Rd.
  • John Clark Rd. and Old Hwy. 49

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