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Pascagoula River rising, flooding camps in Escatawpa

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Pascagoula River on March 16, 2016
Amanda McCoy/Sun Herald Pascagoula River on March 16, 2016

The Pascagoula River is on the rise and residents on the east side of Mississippi 613 are seeing flooding.

Water is over the roads in the area and Jackson County officials are in the field monitoring the water levels.

Don Langham, emergency management coordinator for the county, said that residents who have camps or are living along the river in Escatawpa are seeing lots of water. Nothing major as of noon Wednesday, he said, but that could change.

Lorri Freeman with Singing River Electric said power has been shut off in select areas along the river in Jackson, George, Greene and Perry counties. Mississippi law requires a 10-foot clearance for power lines, and rising waters could put structures, such as house boats, within that limit.

"Servicemen are using boats to check for power line clearance and other safety issues," Freeman said. "They have located a few places were the lines did not have safe distance between the water level and the line and de-energized the power lines in those areas temporarily for safety reasons."

The river at Merrill was 6 feet above the 22-foot flood stage as of 9 a.m. with the crest expected sometime Wednesday evening. At Graham's Ferry, the Pascagoula was at 18.6 feet, well above the 14-foot flood stage.

In Louisiana

Louisiana State Police say Interstate 10 is closed in both directions at the Texas state line.

Sgt. Gary Smith with Troop D in Lake Charles says rising flood water from the Sabine River is covering the interstate Wednesday morning on the Texas side.

Troopers say drivers should use Interstate 20 to travel between the two states.

National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Carboni in Lake Charles says the Sabine will crest at 7.7 feet at the Orange, Texas, gage early Tuesday evening. Flood stage is 4 feet.

Carboni says it may take several days for the flood waters to recede.

State police say they're still watch I-10 at the Mississippi state line. Flood waters from the Pearl River are threatening to close the highway on the Louisiana side.

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