Expect a soggy New Year’s Eve, weekend

Heavy rainfall may usher in the New Year, with more showers expected the first night of the New Year and into Monday.

The National Weather Service forecasts three to five inches of rainfall, with the threat for heavy rain beginning this afternoon and continuing through tonight, with more showers Sunday night and into Monday.

As a result, flood warnings have been issued for the Biloxi and Tchoutacabouffa rivers. A flood warning means hazardous weather is imminent or already happening.

Meantime, in the east Biloxi infrastructure zone, contractors have positioned water pumps in low-lying areas to help move water from the mostly unpaved streets. But if the forecast holds accurate, street flooding will occur in low-lying areas and dirt streets will turn muddy.

Said Project Superintendent John Cowart of Oscar Renda Contracting: “We have crews ready to man the pumps, and we’ll have motor graders on site to drain the road after the rain stops. But if there’s three to five inches of rain, many streets in Biloxi will have ponding water, whether they’re paved or not. We’re asking people to please use caution and be patient.”
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News and notes

New Year’s Eve celebrations: Topping the plans for this evening is the New Year’s Eve Party & Oyster Ball Drop at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum on Point Cadet. You’ll also find Paramount’s Laser Spectacular Featuring the Music of Pink Floyd at the IP and the Molly Ringwalds at the Beau Rivage. For the listings and details, click here.

Monday holiday: Non-emergency municipal offices in Biloxi will be closed Monday in observance of New Year’s Day. Offices will re-open Tuesday at their appointed times.

Back to business: The Biloxi City Council holds its first meeting of the New Year on Tuesday. To see the agenda and supporting documents, click here.