More heavy rainfall tests nerves and drainage systems

More heavy rainfall tests nerves and drainage systems

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Heavy rains again caused problems across South Mississippi on Monday. All that rain created some hazardous driving conditions, because when the bad weather hits, the number of accidents soars.

It's something drivers in South Mississippi have been getting used to this soggy summer.

Heavy downpours can quickly bring flash flooding. Several neighborhoods in east Ocean Springs were about to go underwater Monday morning.

Stark Bayou was among the places where garbage cans floated, rising water got uncomfortably close to homes, and drivers wondered about driving their low-sitting vehicles through rising street flooding.

Dealing with such driving conditions is something we've been getting used to this rain-filled summer, but there's a definite danger in getting too complacent.

"It's been raining now for several weeks. People have been driving in it, and they've gotten to where they feel comfortable traveling at higher speeds, and they seem to be pushing the limits a little bit more and more every day," said Josh Bromen, with the Gulfport Police Department.

A late-morning accident at Highways 49 and 53 in Gulfport was weather related. The vehicle hydroplaned and quickly wound up in a deep ditch.

"Now you have a young man who luckily wasn't injured, but his car is totaled, and it's going to take some time to get him back on the road," said Bromen.

Will we ever dry out? It seems this summer has seen one system after another, tropical moisture bringing soggy headaches.

"We could see five to seven inches of rain as this system pushes through the area. So, between now and tomorrow, we're looking at those heavier amounts and/or we need to be prepared for flash flooding," said Harrison County emergency manager Rupert Lacy.

Hwy. 90 in east Biloxi seems to flash flood at the mere mention of wet weather.

"Hwy. 90 is giving us problems. We relayed that information from the City of Biloxi, from Oak St. down to the Biloxi harbor," said Lacy. "A lot of this is because the drainage can't handle it, but at the same time, we're in an astronomical high tide, so the Sound is up and the water has no place to go."

Avoid those flood prone areas if you must travel during the downpours, and keep up to date.

"Please just continue to monitor the weather for changing conditions," said Lacy, who is also keeping a close check on the rising rivers.

There aren't any river flood warnings yet, but if the rains continues, there may be soon.

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