Residents are watching the flood stages as South Mississippi rivers continue to rise past early forecasts in the wake of storms that swept through the area over New Year’s weekend.
The Jackson County community of Helena was hit by flash flooding Tuesday morning from 9.5 inches of rain, according to Earl Etheridge of the Jackson County Emergency Management Agency. Residents along the Pascagoula and Escatawpa rivers also are keeping close watch on the rivers.
The National Weather Service extended its flood warning through Thursday morning. A dense-fog advisory also has been issued for areas along the water until 6 a.m. Wednesday.
The Biloxi River near Lyman was at 15.4 feet at 3:45 p.m., which is 3.4 feet over the 12-foot flood stage. The river is forecast to crest at 15.6 feet by Thursday morning and is not expected to fall below flood stage until late Thursday or early Friday.
Flooding is occurring on Lorraine and River roads and near the Three Rivers Road bridge.
The Tchoutacabouffa River above D’Iberville was measured at 3:30 p.m. at 11 feet; its flood stage is 8 feet. It is expected to rise to 13 feet by Wednesday.
The Wolf River’s flood warning was extended until Thursday as the river was measured at 10.3 feet at 3:45 p.m. Its flood stage is 8 feet.
The Wolf is expected to rise to near 11 feet by Thursday night. Bell’s Ferry Road will be closed within a mile of the bridge as the road will be covered by a swift-moving current, according to the weather service.