With the severe weather all day long, drivers had to deal with a mess on the roadways. This Friday will go down in history as a bad day for traffic. Rupert Lacy, the Director of the Harrison County Emergency Management Agency, says, “We have, in various parts of the county, experienced 3, 4 inches of rain. Some areas south have experienced up to 5 inches of rain.” As a result of the heavy rain, many roads were covered with water and many drivers had to avoid ending up in bad situations and causing damage.
Lacy also says, “As people are trying to motor about, driving through standing water, if it’s heavy, you create a wave just like a boat and that could go into somebody’s home.” The weather Friday presented an obvious safety hazard, causing many cars to be out of commission on the side of the road. Even with victims on the sides of roads, drivers were still speeding down, pushing through layers of rainwater.
Lonnie Necaise, Battalion Chief of the Gulfport Fire Department, says, “If anyone’s going to be out in this weather, go by the rules. Don't drive through water you can’t see the bottom of, because we’ve already had a few people today that got caught in ditches that just drove off the edge of the roads.” One crash left the driver with a bloody nose, and a multicar collision sent a woman to the hospital. Necaise also says, "A lot of accidents, a lot of bad weather, a lot of flooded areas, a lot of flooded roads out there, so we’ve been staying busy with that.” Emergency personnel are looking ahead to monitor what will happen after the roads dry up.
Lacy also says, “Our creeks and streams are, or those drainage ditches are draining into them, but we’ve got to be very cautious because the creeks and the rivers are rising and anymore major rain could cause us flooding into the weekend.” Emergency workers encourage drivers to exercise extra caution Friday night into Saturday morning.