Rivers bulging after two days of hard rain

By NICOLE DOW – ndow@sunherald.com

BILOXI

After two days of steady rain, a flood warning is out for the Biloxi and Tchoutacabouffa rivers into this evening, although street flooding started to return to normal Sunday night, officials said.

The National Weather Service in New Orleans issued a flood warning for the Biloxi River near Lyman on Sunday as the river rose above its 12-foot flood stage. At 7 p.m., the river was at 12.5 feet.

Many streets throughout the countywere flooded Sunday as rainfall from Saturday night’s storms had already filled ditches, said Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy.

Heavy areas of flooding included River Road and Woolmarket Lake Road. However, Lacy expects the river to be back in its banks today as the rain moves out of the region.

In addition, the NWS issued a flood warning for the Tchoutacabouffa River at D’Iberville.

The warning was issued after the river rose past its 8-foot flood stage to 8.9 feet by 7 p.m. At 10 feet, recreational camps will be inaccessible and property along Lamey Bridge Road will be flooded. The water level will rise to the undercarriage of the bridge and a strong current is expected to flow across the road.

The National Weather Service predicts a 20 percent chance of rain today and a fairly dry forecast for most of the workweek.

Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2010/05/16/2185041/rivers-bulging-after-two-days.html#ixzz0oBzxg8xs

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