Another wave of thunderstorms rolled through the area this past weekend, dumping a foot or more of rain in some areas of George County within a 36-hour period beginning on Friday. By Saturday morning creeks and ditches were running full of water and still the rains came.
By Sunday evening, District Five Supervisor Henry Cochran temporarily closed parts of Red Creek Road and Vestry Road due to flooding. The flood waters had covered three bridges and parts of both roadways, according to county Communications Director Ken Flanagan. The Broome community had received 9 to 11 inches of rainfall by that time.
Parts of the Gulf Coast were reportedly drenched in up to 15-1/2 inches of rainfall, and the National Weather Service began issuing flood warnings for low-lying areas.
Flood warnings are still in effect with the Pascagoula River just short of its 22-foot flood stage at Merrill on Tuesday morning. The river is expected to crest at 24 feet at 7 a.m. on Friday, May 17.
It is becoming a familiar story with waves of severe weather including thunderstorms, high winds and some small hail rolling through the area almost every weekend.
The National Weather Service in Mobile reports Leakesville received just shy of five inches of rainfall during the four-day period.
The next 10 days are predicted to be sunny and seasonably warm.