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Biloxi, Tchoutacabouffa rivers to reach flood stage after heavy rains

Members of the Gulfport Fire Deptartment swift water response team assisted the Harrison County Sheriff Depart and the Harrison County Fire Service in evacuating people from their homes in the Oaklawn subdivision off Orange Grove Road in Harrison County on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 22, 2017. First responders across the Coast were kept busy with weather-related rescues, fires and accidents.
Members of the Gulfport Fire Deptartment swift water response team assisted the Harrison County Sheriff Depart and the Harrison County Fire Service in evacuating people from their homes in the Oaklawn subdivision off Orange Grove Road in Harrison County on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 22, 2017. First responders across the Coast were kept busy with weather-related rescues, fires and accidents. Harrison County Fire Services

Property owners off the Biloxi and Tchoutacabouffa rivers should prepare for flooding now, with both rivers expected to rise to flood stage Monday after heavy rainfall.

The National Weather Service issued the flood warnings Sunday after several hours of thunderstorms dumped 2 to 4 inches of rain across the Coast.

The Biloxi River is expected to rise above flood stage of 12 feet and crest at 15 feet.

The Tchoutacabouffa River is expected to reach or near flood stage of 8 feet by mid-morning Monday.

A flash flood warning was in effect for the coastal counties as rain with hard-driving winds moved eastward by mid-afternoon Sunday. The warnings expired before 2 p.m.

Streets and parts of major highways flooded across the Coast, including parts of U.S. 90, U.S. 49 and Seaway Road, and areas of Pass Road.

“Several vehicles have left the road because of hydroplaning,” Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said on Sunday.

“We had a lot of lightning earlier and barricades are being put out to keep people from going into low-lying areas.”

At least two families called their local law enforcement to report water was coming into their homes in Harrison County and in Long Beach, Sullivan said. One family was taken out of their home and moved to a neighbor’s house on higher ground when water in their home reached three inches and was rising,” he said.

Public safety officials were urging people to say off the road until flooding subsides. But those who must drive are asked to turn on their headlights and travel below the posted speed limit.

Hancock County has had some street flooding but nothing major, Emergency Management Director Brian Adam said.

SunHerald.com will update this report as details change.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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