PEARL, Miss. – Mississippi leaders are warning residents about all the dangers that come with the ongoing flooding in Mississippi. Many rivers and tributaries in central and south Mississippi are at, near, or above flood stages following the excessive rain fall over the past week.
The main message from Gov. Phil Bryant and others was to stay away from the flood waters. Over the weekend a 9-year-old girl from Yazoo drowned in flood waters and they want to prevent that from happening again. However, the current is not the only threat flood waters pose. Flood waters can carry industrial and agricultural chemicals and even raw sewage. Jim Craig with the Mississippi Department of Health says if you or your pet comes into contact with flood waters its best to wash thoroughly and if you haven’t had a tetanus shot in the past 10 years, it would be a good idea to see a doctor.
Also, remember not to drive across flooded water. Even a few inches of water can be enough to move a vehicle.
All flood waters are supposed to reach their peak by Friday according to National Weather Service Hydrologist Marty Pope. More rains are expected Sunday and Monday, for now they look progressive, so they should move quickly across the state. If that changes, there could be more flooding.