Harrison County rivers flood neighborhoods with rain water

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The heavy rains may have stopped, but the swollen rivers have continued to push water on to neighborhood streets and front yards of homes in Harrison County. At least two major rivers in the county were at flood stage early Saturday morning. As WLOX News reports, many of the residents living near the water are now living in it.

Massive river flooding swallowed streets throughout parts of Harrison County and left emergency personnel busy.

"No injuries, but we did have the Gulfport Fire Department and Gulfport police do one water rescue this morning, they got a lady out," Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy said.

Standing water prompted many residents to stay inside and wait for it to recede, but there were a few drivers who took a chance and slowly made their way around town.

"It is a headache sometimes, but that is a part of living back here," a resident said.

Over at Rose Point along the Biloxi River, Richard Rose was moving chairs and other valuables Saturday. Rose said when the river reached its peak his stuff wouldn't be ruined.

"We had about a foot of water on the street where last summer we had about three feet of water. So, we are always prepared. You have to be prepared for all natural disasters," Rose said.

Lacy said his office did warn people about the possibility of flooding.

"Believe it or not, we use an automated system. They call our office, but we like to send messages out. The emails, texts and they are getting weather alerts also," said Lacy.

Mother Nature can be unpredictable, but Lacy said it's still important to use extreme caution.

"We have always preached the message turn around don't drown. If you have a road that has water over it, don't drive over it. Find an alternate route. If you drive over this water, the water over these roads, you are pushing it into homes and business and it creates more of a problem for them," said Lacy.

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