Hancock County

Most Hancock County roads passable as flood waters recede

Pearlington continues to wait and prepare for Pearl River flooding

Pearlington community members continue to prepare for predicted flooding from the Pearl River on Monday, March 14, 2016. The Pearl River is predicted to crest at 21 feet.
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Pearlington community members continue to prepare for predicted flooding from the Pearl River on Monday, March 14, 2016. The Pearl River is predicted to crest at 21 feet.

HANCOCK COUNTY -- Things are getting back to normal in areas of Hancock County that were greatly impacted by floodwaters about a week ago.

Hancock County Emergency Management Director Brian Adam said there is only one road still underwater.

"Napoleon Boat Launch Road is the only road that is covered in water, and it's impassable," he said. "But there are no homes in the area."

Heavy rain that moved across South Mississippi brought with it some flooding in areas near the Pearl River as well as in parts of Jackson and Harrison counties.

The flooding caused the closure of Mississippi 604 between Birch Drive and Mississippi 607, which is south of the Mississippi Welcome Center.

"About eight roads in the Pearlington area are impassable because of water," Adam said. The most heavily affected areas were Maple Drive, Gin Road and Levee Avenue, as well as parts of Logtown Road, Birch Drive and the Pearlington boat launch.

The Pearl River's normal flood stage is 14 feet and it reached a point of 20.6 feet during the flooding. Adam and his crew used boats to evacuate parts of Pearlington.

"The Pearl River has crested and it has gone way down," he said.

Adam said he is still assessing the area, and he does not have a total number of the people that were evacuated because of the flooding.

"The good thing is that no homes were damaged because of the flooding," he said. "We did an assessment Friday, and we did not find any damage."

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