Rising rivers prompt flash flood emergency in South Mississippi

Stone County under Flash Flood Emergency

Rising rivers prompt flash flood emergency in South Mississippi

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - In the wake of Saturday’s heavy rainfall, several coastal counties are now under a flash flood warning.

Stone County has been issued a flash flood emergency, which is actually a level above a flash flood warning. A flash flood emergency indicates a severe flooding situation.

Pearl River, Stone, Harrison and George counties are all under flash flood warnings Saturday night.

Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy said the Biloxi River and the Wolf River have the potential to begin flooding Saturday night. Saucier residents should be especially careful.

Around 9 p.m., emergency officials were conducting water rescues along Saoucier Lizana Road at the Biloxi River.

Around 10:15 p.m., emergency officials in Harrison County were traveling door-to-door in rescue boats along Riverline Road off the Biloxi River.

According to Lacy, the Biloxi River is forecast to crest at 14. 5 feet; the flood stage is at 12 feet. The Wolf River is forecast to crest at 13.5 feet with the flood state eight feet. The Tchoutacabouffa River is forecast to crest at 10 feet. The flood stage is at eight feed.

In Pearl River County, residents in the Murder Creek area near the Go-Go community should be aware of potential flooding. The Office of Emergency Services issued a warning that an upstream dam is in danger of failing. If it does, water levels will rise rapidly.

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