Flash flood watch issued; heavy rainfall on the way

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch from Tuesday through Thursday evening for all of Harrison County, with multiple rounds of heavy rain expected as early as overnight tonight as Potential Tropical Cyclone 3 moves through the central Gulf.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.

Widespread rainfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches with isolated areas of greater than 10 inches will be possible through Thursday, the weather service said. In addition to the flash flooding potential, area rivers are expected to rise, but river crests will depend on where the heaviest rain falls. 

Sand bags: Because of the chance of heavy rainfall, self-serve sand bags are now available for the public at these locations: Cavalier Park, 2059 Lawrence St.; Popp’s Ferry Recreational Soccer Fields, 2150 Popp’s Ferry Road; Biloxi Fire Station 9, 9370 Oaklawn Road; and Todd Migues Park, 425 Parker St. 

R U Ready?: Hurricane season is officially here and the City of Biloxi is asking, “R U ready?” To help you plan for a storm or flood, the city is hosting three preparedness outreach events: Tuesday, June 20 at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Sr. Community Center, Wednesday, June 21 at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, and Thursday, June 22 at the Joppa Shrine Center.
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Oscar Renda video: Another month of progress

Oscar Renda Contracting on Tuesday is unveiling its monthly video update for the Biloxi City Council, with updates on nearly two dozen streets and plans for sidewalks on those neighborhood streets that have been paved.

Now that all of Back Bay Boulevard has received its final coat of asphalt, workers have resumed their schedule for streets east of Lee, according to the four-minute video. Originally, before Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich called for all of Back Bay Boulevard to be paved, workers had hoped to have a layer of asphalt on all street east of Lee.

The fact is, today only six neighborhood streets remain to be paved east of Lee Street, and Oscar Renda plans to have blacktop on those streets by July 1. They are sections all north of Division: Keller Avenue, Fountain Lane, Dorries, Austin between Holley and Keller, and Roy and Redding between Keller and Lee.

Oscar Renda also reports that in the next couple of weeks crews will begin installing sidewalks and driveway aprons on roads that have been paved.

Meantime, all four lanes of Division have been paved between Lee and Oak streets, except for a portion of Strangi and Penny, where drainage work is being completed. Also, sewer installation continues on Division at Reynoir, working its way to Nichols Drive, and workers are hoping to have drainage, limestone and paving on Lee Street north of Division in place by the end of July. 

Nichols Drive north of Division is expected to be paved before school begins.

Two streets that were in disrepair even before the infrastructure work began are scheduled to receive paving in a matter of weeks, Iroquois and Thelma between Seal and Iroquois should be paved by the first week of July.

Workers are now installing base rock on Graham, and asphalt is expected to be in place by the end of July.
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News and notes

City Council: The Biloxi City Council will meet twice on Tuesday with an 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. meeting at Biloxi City Hall.  To see the agendas for the two meetings, click here.

The week that was:  Last week, the Biloxi Fire Department answered 138 calls for service, Biloxi Police Department answered 1945 calls for service and the Community Development Department issued 69 permits with a construction valuation of slightly more than $8 million.  To see the reports, click here