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Flooding expected along Mississippi Gulf Coast: how to prepare

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST– Heavy downpours could lead to flooding along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, according to the National Weather Service.

5-6 inches of rain was predicted for this week along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, particularly for those living along the Tchoutacabouffa, Pascagoula, Biloxi and Wolf Rivers.

The best way to stay a step ahead of the flooding is to be prepared, said officials with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency during a severe weather preparedness campaign in the Spring.

Flash-flooding is more common when heavy rains are falling over a period of time in one area. Flash-flooding poses a threat because there’s little warning, and little time to react. This is especially dangerous if your’e on the road.

“We have streets that flood over,” says Butch Hammack, with MEMA. “The best advice I can give for this is to not try to drive through the water when it goes over the road. You don’t know how deep it is, or if the road is washed out underneath.”

With flooding along the rivers, you do have a little more warning as the waters will take a while to crest.

“You can use sandbags to protect your home,” says Hammack, “but there is a downside. It is very labor intensive and takes a while. You have to find the bags, the sand, fill the bags and stack them. Then you have to worry about whether or not your’e stacking it high enough.”

Hammack says sandbags, if they’re stacked properly, do a good job of holding back the flood waters to protect your property. But they’re not lifesavers.

“If you’re told to evacuate, listen,” says Hammack.

Here is a list of self-serve sandbag locations across the coast, as reported by local media:

Harrison County

Orange Grove Community Center – 14416 Dedeaux Rd., Gulfport

Fire station at 1200 42nd Ave. – Gulfport

At the corner of Hewes Ave. and Glover St. – Gulfport

District 4 Work Center – 8300 34th St., Gulfport

Lorraine Road Work Center – Gulfport

Courthouse Rd. Pier – Gulfport

County Farm Work Center – 15001 County Farm Rd., Gulfport

D’Iberville Work Center on Auto Mall Pkwy. – D’Iberville

D’Iberville Farmers Market – D’Iberville

Pass Christian Public Works Center on North St. – Pass Christian

Long Beach Work Center – 605 North Seal Ave., Long Beach

Jackson County

Central Division Roads Department – 8500 Jim Ramsey Rd., Vancleave

West Division Roads Department – 6900 North Washington Ave., Ocean Springs

Fontainbleau Fire Station – 3901 Hwy. 57, Ocean Springs

City of Ocean Springs Public Works Department – 712-A Pine Dr., Ocean Springs

East Division Roads department – 10825 Hwy. 63, Moss Point

Forts Lake Fire Department – 10701 Forts Lake Rd., Moss Point

Escatawpa Volunteer Fire Department – 3801 Sentinel Dr., Moss Point

Moss Point Central Fire Station – 4204 Bellview St., Moss Point

City of Pascagoula Public Works Department – 4011 14th St., Pascagoula

Gautier City Hall – 3330- Hwy. 90, Gautier

Hancock County

Hancock County Arena – 4184 Kiln Delisle Rd., Kiln

Hancock County Old Annex – 3068 Longfellow Dr., Bay St. Louis

Lakeshore Community Center – 6440 Lower Bay Rd., Bay St. Louis

West Hancock Fire Department – 16006 Washington St., Pearlington

News Mississippi will continue to follow the flooding.

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