PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WLOX) - Roads are flooded across South Mississippi and officials are warning residents to stay off the road. With more rain expected, some school districts are making the decision not to have classes on Thursday.
Pascagoula Gautier School District announced Thursday morning that they would be closed today, citing the heavy flooding throughout the area and saying the decision was made out of extreme caution for the safety of students and employees.
Ocean Springs School District has said that buses may be delayed Thursday morning due to high water over some roadways. Classes will continue, though.
Resurrection Catholic Elementary and High Schools will be closed due to heavy flooding in Pascagoula, Moss Point, and Gautier.
Jackson County School District may experience bus delays Thursday morning but classes will continue.
Moss Point School District will have virtual classes on Thursday and employees will work virtually due to heavy flooding.
Harrison County School District will continue with classes on Thursday but buses may be delayed.
As of now, no other districts have announced their intent to close on Thursday that we are aware of. We will update this story if others make that decision.
Emergency officials across South Mississippi are asking drivers to be cautious of water over the roadways and “turn around, don’t drown.”
A flash flood watch is in effect for all of South Mississippi, with heavy rain and torrential rainfall expected to continue throughout Thursday morning. Thunderstorms, frequent lightning, gusty wind and small hail is expected. Showers may end around lunch time with lower rain chances possible in the afternoon and evening. Ground conditions are still saturated from recent rainfall.
Remember, do not enter or cross flowing water or water of unknown depth. Stay away or be swept away. River banks and culverts can become unstable and unsafe. Friday and Saturday look wet at times. Lower rain chances expected Sunday into early next week.
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