Motorists urged to stay off Pascagoula’s flooded streets | Environment
Police said a majority of the roads in Pascagoula are either partially or totally flooded Thursday, according to Captain George Tillman with Pascagoula police.
Despite, hazardous road conditions, Tillman said, one of the biggest problems is motorists heading outside and getting stuck as they drive over flooded roads.
“We have National Guardsmen and our officers paired up, rescuing people in flooded areas. We are seeing a lot of stalled vehicles from people, who are trying to go to the store,” Tillman said. “I don’t understand a business opening up when a curfew is issued, because that drives people out, causing them to get stranded.”
Tillman said there have been a couple of incidents of looting.
Roads aren’t the only areas experiencing flooding, home flooding is also a problem.
Approximately 40 families were evacuated in the Briar Wood and the Haugeland subdivisions located on the south side of Hwy 90, according to City of Pascagoula Operations Manager Steven Mitchell said.
At least 300 people live in those two subdivisions. Mitchell said, water got into 20 to 30 homes. Currently, there are about 25 streets flooded in both subdivisions.
“We’ve had to rescue people out of Monaco Lake Apartments off of Monaco Drive and residents at subdivisions off of Old Mobile Highway,” Tillman said.
If you experience flooding in your home please call the Jackson County EMA at 769-3111 or the Pascagoula Police Department at 762-2211. Should you need emergency assistance, please call 911.