2017 is off to a wet start in South Mississippi — and it may get worse before it gets better. Heavy rainfall Saturday night and early Sunday morning dumped 2 to 3 inches of rain in some spots along the Coast. And another 1 to 5 inches of rain is expected Sunday.
The rainfall has created some flooding issues in the three coastal counties.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation on Sunday morning said that Mississippi Highway 57 near Quave Road and Hollis Lane in Jackson County has been closed in both directions due to flooding. It is expected to reopen by 8 p.m. Sunday.
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According to the National Weather Service in New Orleans, the next wave of rain should be moving in during the evening hours, beginning with a chance for some severe thunderstorms.
“We’ve had several disturbances the past couple of days and the last one has pretty much passed through,” meteorologist Robert Ricks said. “But with the air warmer today, there’s a better chance that the next system could produce some severe weather, especially Monday morning.”
Ricks said there’s some good news for those wishing for cooler temperatures.
“The rain should be completely out by Tuesday, and we have some much cooler air moving in on Wednesday,” he said.
Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy said there are few flooded streets at the moment in Harrison County. But he said a flood warning is in effect until Monday.
“We are monitoring the Tchoutacabouffa and Biloxi rivers,” Lacy said. “We’re also paying attention to the Wolf River as we are getting some reports of high water on parts of the river.”
A flood warning for the Wolf River area above Gulfport has been issued though Monday.
Lacy said flooding is expected on the Biloxi River near Lyman, as the river was almost near its flooding stage of 12 feet Sunday morning.
“The river is expected to rise above flood stage by Sunday afternoon and continue to rise to near 14.0 feet after midnight on Monday,” he said.
The flooding could impact homes on Fisherman Trail and will create some hazardous driving conditions on Loraine Road and River Road.
The Tchoutacabouffa River is expected to flood Monday morning.
Hancock County Emergency Management Director Brian Adam said several streets in Hancock County have had some flooding, mostly near Central Avenue.
“We’ve had some flooding on 10th and 11th streets off of Central Avenue, but the good thing is that the flooded streets are side streets and drivers can go around them,” Adam said.
Jackson County Emergency Management Director Earl Etheridge said most streets in Jackson County are passable.
“We have had some reports of flooding but nothing significant,” Etheridge said.