NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Amid widespread flooding, state transportation officials are asking drivers to stay clear of highways in southern Mississippi.
The Department of Transportation issued an indefinite notice Monday warning drivers that Interstate 59 and Interstate 10 may close if they’re flooded. They are major transportation routes between the Gulf Coast, Louisiana and the rest of the state.
Spokesman Michael Flood says floodwater is close to crossing onto the roads. The department isn’t sure the roads will flood but is asking drivers to avoid the area as a matter of caution.
Flood says if the highways do close, drivers will be stuck for several hours. He said the department will update information as the situation progresses and will notify drivers of alternate routes in case of flooding.