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Latest update on flooding from state emergency officials

Image courtesy of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency

According to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Pearl River at Jackson was at 35.07 feet, as of 9:15 this morning (2/19).  Water has started to recede in certain portions of the affected areas. Currently, the Reservoir’s outflow is at 35,000 cubic feet per second.

MEMA has begun assessments in the northeast Jackson area to help compile damage and flood data.

Residents in Hinds, Rankin and Madison County can self-report damage to county emergency management agencies through MEMA’s self-reporting tool. Those links for each county can be found on our website https://www.msema.org/.

Map of Old River Cemetery in Simpson County

Over the next week, the state can expect one and a half to two inches of rain. That rainfall could have an impact on the southern counties along the Pearl River: Copiah, Simpson, Lawrence, Jefferson Davis, Marion, Pearl River, Hancock. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is in close contact with those county emergency management agency directors and is monitoring the situation.

MEMA and the Simpson County EMA are also monitoring the Old River Cemetery in Simpson County that could be impacted by heavy rainfall and flooding.

Temporary flight restrictions coordinated with the FAA are expected to expire by sundown, today (2/19).

The shelter at the Jackson Police Training Academy remains open and operational.

According to the Mississippi Department of Transportation, crews inspected bridges and made repairs to damaged shoulders on State Route 427 in Leake County. The roadway is now OPEN for travel.

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