BILOXI, MISS– A storm cell stalling over the Mississippi Gulf Coast is dumping massive amounts of rain in a short period of time. (Photo courtesy Jonathan Brannan, WLOX)
Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes has declared a state of emergency for the city after the severe flooding that swept through the area this morning. At least 20 people have been rescued from flood waters.
Since 3am, Biloxi is reporting 10 inches of rain, while Gulfport is reporting 8 inches of rain. Roads are washing out, water rescues are underway, and officials are urging you to stay off the roads if possible.
Several roads north of I-10 in Hancock have been closed. Those include: Crane Creek Road, V-Bar road, Caesar Necaise Road, Shaw Road, Anna-Necaise Spiers Road, Silver Creek Acres Road.
Highway 90 has been closed in both directions near the Biloxi Yacht Club due to flood conditions. Old 67 between Jake Husley and Joe Husley are is taking on water, as well as the westbound ramp to I-10 at Shriners.
Watch out for deep water on Highway 90 at St. John, Jefferson, and near the Hard Rock and the Coliseum.
Schools are on alert at Harrison County, Gulfport, and Biloxi school districts.
Gulfport High released students at 11:30 due to flooding on campus.
Ocean Springs students were delayed about 30 minutes this morning.
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