Road Tip To Think About Before You Evacuate

By Krystal Allan - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The governor announced Saturday afternoon that contraflow will begin Sunday morning at 4 a.m. on Interstates 55 and 59.  All lanes will flow north.

But, before drivers hit the road, Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Johnny Poulus says there's some things drivers need consider.

First, people should start get moving early.

"We don't want people to wait until the last minute to try to get on the road cause that's what causes problems," says Poulus.

Poulus also advices making sure you've made those last minute checks on your car to avoid maintenance break-downs.

"If you break down in the middle of the lane of traffic, then you have traffic that's going to back up," says Poulus.

If you run into some problems, such as an accident, on the road, here's what you need to do.

"If you're involved in an accident with no injuries, just minor damage, we're just asking people to pull to the shoulder of the road...if its accessible.  If there are injuries involved, do not move the vehicle," says Poulus.

Finally, Poulus says it's going to take a little cooperation from everyone to keep traffic flowing during contraflow.

"We're asking people to have patience.  We understand it's really hectic right now, but we don't want things to get worse.  We've been through this before, and we're going to get through this again."