Weather Service issues flash flood watch

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch through Saturday morning because of heavy rainfall expected for Biloxi and surrounding areas.

The greatest chance of increased rainfall and flooding begins Friday in the Biloxi area.

Local emergency managers report that weather models show as much as 3 to 8 inches of rainfall may occur.

“This in turn could cause flooding along the rivers and also some flash flooding over land areas,” Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert H. Lacy said.

As a result, city Public Works crews have been clearing catch basins and ditches.

“We are trying to keep everything open to help prevent as much flooding as possible,” Public Works Director Billy Ray Allen said. “We are keeping an eye on the rivers and have not currently put out any barricades.”

Motorists are reminded not to attempt to drive vehicles through flooded areas. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles.
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News and notes

Weather watch: Keep up with weather-related traffic advisories and more by liking the City of Biloxi’s Facebook page. ¬†To go there, click here.

Lighthouse goes blue: The historic 65-foot tall Biloxi Lighthouse has gone blue in support of law enforcement.  The lighthouse light, or beacon, will shine blue through Saturday.

Registrations continue: For second Saturday in a row, the Parks and Recreation Department will be registering youngsters for its cheerleading and football league.  The athletics division will be set up from 9 a.m. to noon at the Donal Snyder Community Center.  To see the flyer, click here.