Three Local Rivers Expected To Reach Flood Stage

A slow moving cold front inundated South Mississippi with rainfall over the past couple of days. EOC Director Joe Spraggins says three rivers are forecast to crest above flood stage.

Wolf River above Gulfport

  • The latest stage was 7.0 feet.
  • Flood stage is 8.0 feet.
  • The river is forecast rise above flood stage by 9 this morning and will crest near 9.5 feet by noon Saturday, December 23rd.
  • At 9.0 feet, Bells Ferry Road will be impassable with deep water on the east Bridge approach.

Biloxi River near Lyman

  • The latest stage was 13.6 feet.
  • Flood stage is 12.0 feet.
  • The river will continue to rise cresting near 16.0 feet by midnight tonight.
  • At 16.0 feet, major flooding will occur in retreat and Riverland Village Subdivisions at the 16 foot stage. Homes on Lower Fisherman Trail will remain flooded and Lower River Road will be impassable.

Tchoutacabouffa River near D'Iberville

  • Latest stage was 4.5 feet.
  • Flood stage is 8.0 feet.
  • Record stage is 18.1.
  • Forecast: rise above flood stage around 7 this evening. continue to rise to crest near 9.0 feet by midnight tonight.
  • At 8.0 feet, roads along the river will be impassable. a few homes will be isolated.

WLOX Meteorologist Carrie Duncan says, "The good news is, we are seeing the rainfall slack off, and it should move out of the area this morning. We will be expecting to see more rain in south Mississippi late on Saturday and through the early part of the day on Sunday."

2-Day Rainfall Totals

Poplarville - 1.36"
Perkinston - 8.39"
Kiln - 4.78"
Biloxi - .87"
Lucedale - 4.02"
Gulfport - 1.23"
Diamondhead - 4.69"
Bay St Louis - 4.62"
Picayune - .93"