Update: Drivers ignore barricades, get stuck on flooded roads

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Shoppers at Crossroads in Gulfport brave the rain to get some shopping done in Monday.
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Shoppers at Crossroads in Gulfport brave the rain to get some shopping done in Monday.

The biggest problem caused by heavy rain the past three days is people driving around barricades on flooded Harrison County roads.

“It’s been going on all day,” said Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy on Monday. “They get stuck and the first responders have to go get them.

“If you don’t have to be driving, you shouldn’t be driving.”

Lacy said the cloud cover has been interfering with the signal from river gauges but he believes the Tchoutacabouffa dropped a little after hitting 10.62 feet. He said it probably will rise again to as high as 13.5 feet as rain that is falling in Saucier this evening feeds into it. He expects the Biloxi to crest at 15 feet and said both rivers probably will stay above flood stage until Thursday.

Lacy said Monday morning homes on lower Fisherman Trail were flooded and the lower River Road is impassable at 14 feet. Driving on Lorraine Road also will be hazardous because of high water near Three Rivers Road bridge.

The National Weather Service said 8.2 inches of rain fell in Biloxi between early Sunday morning and Monday morning.

Wolf River

The Wolf River above Gulfport has a flood stage of 8 feet, and at 4:45 p.m. Monday was at 8.67 feet. The forecast called for the river to rise to 9 feet by Tuesday morning before falling Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s climbing but it’s usually slower to rise,” he said.

Residents can expect Bells Ferry Road to be impassable with deep water on the east bridge approach in that area.

Hancock County

There were about 50 roads closed by high water Monday morning in Hancock County, said Emergency Management Director Ricky Adam. He said there were probably many more flooded by Monday evening. No barricades had been put up by Monday afternoon but Adam said he hadn’t heard any reports of drivers stranded in high water.

He said no homes have flooded but those in flood-prone areas are elevated.

“It drains pretty quickly once it stops raining,” he said. “It just hasn’t stopped raining.”

South Mississippi is under a tornado watch until 8 p.m.

The good news is after a foggy morning, Tuesday should be sunny and dry, according to the weather service.

Kate Magandy: 228-896-2344, @kmagandy

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