Heavy downpour floods streets, homes

A heavy overnight downpour and rainfall over the past 48 hours caused extensive street flooding and forced water into some homes this morning, causing Biloxi Police to evacuate about 30 residents.

“The waters are receeding,” said Biloxi Emergency Manager Linda Atterberry. “We still have river cresting to be concerned about tonight about midnight, but other than that, we’re in pretty decent shape.”

At noon, the Keesler weather office had recorded six inches of rain over hte past 48 hours, including 2.3 inches in the past 24 hours.

Biloxi Police closed numerous low-lying streets because or flood waters, and at 2:30 this morning began evacuating about 30 people from homes in east Biloxi and Pinecrest. Some home flooding was reported.

By mid-morning, only Cedar Lake Road north of I-10 and Balmoral in west Biloxi were closed because of water or street damage.

The National Weather Service this morning re-issued the flood stages for rivers in Harrison County:

Wolf River: New crest is 12.5 feet at midnight; current reading is 10.5 feet.

Biloxi River: New crest is 17.0 feet; current reading is 14.86 feet.

Tchoutacabouffa River: New crest is 16 feet; current reading is 12 feet.

News and notes

Smokin’ the Sound: Powerboats are now racing the Biloxi channel between Point Cadet and the Biloxi lighthouse. For the latest on Smokin’ the Sound, which takes today and Sunday in Biloxi, click here.

Baseball: Biloxi High School’s baseball game with Gulfport, which had been postponed Friday, will be played this evening at 6 at the BHS campus. Only a varsity game will be played.