Rivers on the rise in South Mississippi (Updated 10:30 a.m.)

dharris@sunherald.comMarch 22, 2012 

— The Biloxi River is at 14.3 feet and could reach 15 feet before cresting as a result of heavy rains in the area, officials said.

The National Weather Service on Wednesday night projected the river would reach 13 feet this morning, but it's already past that, said Bruce Wilkerson, Harrison County Emergency Management operations officer.

The flood stage there is 12 feet.

The Wolf River is at 6.9 feet. Flood stage is 8 feet. It is projected to crest at 10 feet Saturday.

Current stages for the Tchoutacabouffa River were not available.

A flash flood watch is in effect until 4 p.m. today, Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy said.

The National Weather Service is reporting four inches of rain fell as of 12:01 a.m. today.

However, various unconfirmed reports say as much as 10 inches of rain has fallen in areas of South Mississippi.

The rain left several roads impassable and forced their closure. Barricades on those roads should not be moved.

“The barricades are up because it’s not safe to drive through the standing water,” he said.

The rain was accompanied by strong wind that caused some damage.

Lacy said the roof was torn off of the shed of one business in Biloxi, and the weather caused roof damage to a home in Biloxi.

All schools, other than Harrison County Head Start, are open today.

In Hancock County, several homes were flooded, EMA Director Brian Adam said.

Three homes in Jordan River Shores and one each in Silver Creek Acres and on Kiln-Delisle Road took in water overnight, he said.

Many flooded roads in Hancock County are now clear, however, a few warning cones are out on low-lying roads in north Hancock County.

Jackson County Emergency Manager Donald Langham reported no significant damage there.

Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak in Biloxi has been canceled today because of the weather.

Scheduled volunteers will not be needed, said Starr Campbell, tournament office committee chairperson.

The tournament will open Friday with a split tee at 10 a.m., she said.

Sunherald.com will update this story as more information comes in on flooding and other storm-related damage.

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