NWS issues flood advisory on Coast; threat could extend into weekend

September 19, 2013

Business

The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood advisory for Hancock County through 7 p.m. today. However, there is a chance that a coastal flood threat could extend into the weekend.

According to NWS, persistent east winds have caused water build-up that could cause minor coastal flooding in eastern-facing shorelines in the county. It said the area could expect tides to be one to two feet above normal this evening.

But forecasters are watching for potential low-pressure development in the lower Gulf of Mexico. If that occurs, a coastal flood threat could mean locals need to be watchful into the weekend.

As of now, NWS is warning of minor coastal flooding in low-lying areas and access roads into coastal marshes that lie outside the hurricane protection levee systems, particularly at times of astronomical high tide.

Some flood protection locks may be closed at high tide, particularly within the Lake Bourne Levee District. NWS advises marine interests to check on the status of Bayou Bienvenue and Bayou Dupre locks before setting sail.

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