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Rivers still rising, even as waters from Cindy recede in Jackson County

Britt Singletary walks down Brandon James Drive to his car parked outside the Wells Ferry Landing subdivision in Biloxi on Friday, June 23, 2017. Rivers across South Mississippi are above flood stage after several days of heavy rain from Tropical Storm Cindy.
Britt Singletary walks down Brandon James Drive to his car parked outside the Wells Ferry Landing subdivision in Biloxi on Friday, June 23, 2017. Rivers across South Mississippi are above flood stage after several days of heavy rain from Tropical Storm Cindy. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

Both the Pascagoula and Escatawpa rivers were at or above flood stage Friday morning, spilling into low-lying areas of the county along the rivers.

Jackson County officials said Friday morning that no new calls have come in about flooding. Street flooding is receding but the rivers are still rising.

The Pascagoula at Merrill in George County — already out of its banks — was at 25 feet Friday morning. Flood stage is 22 feet, and its crest is not projected until Monday at 27 feet.

The Escatawpa in Jackson County was just at flood stage, 8 feet, Friday morning. It’s projected to crest early Sunday at 10 feet.

Flash flood areas have receded, said assistant Emergency Management director Donald Langham, and small drainage ditches are down.

Those living close to the rivers, along Franklin Creek and in the Forts Lake area, the low areas along the Escatawpa, are seeing river water around their homes and in the streets, Langham said.

“So far, we have had no reports of houses taking on water,” he said. “Of course, we still have a couple of more feet of river rise to go, over the weekend.”

The areas that are seeing water now — roads along the Pascagoula River north of Moss Point, like River Lodge, Pascagoula River, Cochran, Cedar Creek and Old Americus — are areas where they’re used to this, he said.

“Most of them are prepared, and elevated,” Langham said. They’re used to getting in and out by boat when the river is high, he said.

Photojournalist John Fitzhugh contributed to this report.

River flood warnings

Biloxi River (near Lyman)

Latest stage: 15.17 feet at 3:45 p.m. Friday

Flood stage: 12 feet

Forecast: Fall below flood stage by early Sunday morning

Wolf River

Latest stage: 10.3 feet at 3:45 p.m. Friday

Flood stage: 8 feet

Forecast: Fall below flood stage by Sunday afternoon

Tchoutacabouffa River

Latest stage: 10.14 feet at 3:30 p.m. Friday

Flood stage: 8 feet

Forecast: Fall below flood stage Friday night

Pearl River (near Pearl River)

Latest stage: 14.63 feet at 3 p.m. Friday

Flood stage: 14 feet

Forecast: Rise to near 16.5 feet by July 1

Pascagoula River (at Graham Ferry)

Latest stage: 16.6 feet at 2:45 p.m. Friday

Flood stage: 16 feet

Forecast: Rise to near 18 feet by Monday evening

Escatawpa River

Latest stage: 7.9 feet at 3:30 p.m. Friday

Flood stage: 8 feet

Forecast: Crest at 10 feet by Monday evening

National Weather Service

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