PEARL – Gov. Phil Bryant and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency are warning residents about ongoing flooding within the state. Many rivers and tributaries in central and south Mississippi are at, near or above flood stage following extensive rainfall over the past week.
“I urge Mississippians to stay away from floodwater,” said Gov. Bryant. “Even if it looks still on the surface, the current beneath could be moving swiftly. To aid response, I declared a state of emergency for 12 counties that have been affected so far. The declaration can be expanded if additional areas are impacted.”
Several rivers have flooded and may continue to rise until they crest within the next few days. The Pearl River in portions of central and south Mississippi, the Strong River in D’Lo and Tallahala Creek in Laurel are all above flood stage.
MEMA, the National Weather Service and other local, state and federal agencies are monitoring these rivers closely and expect them to begin cresting in the next several days.
“I urge all Mississippians to have a family emergency plan in place in the event that flooding continues or we see another round of storms,” Gov. Bryant said. “Know where your family will go during an emergency, have a stocked disaster supply kit in case you are without power or have to leave your home quickly and know how to reach your loved ones after an emergency has passed.”
Several counties are reporting road closures due to flooding. If you encounter flood waters, never attempt to drive through. Remember the phrase, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” Even a few inches of water can be enough to move a vehicle. Residents should also be aware of any boil water notices that could be issued for their area.
“Everyone, especially children, should not play or work near flood waters,” said Bryant. “The water could have strong currents, be contaminated or contain dangerous wildlife.”
Gov. Bryant declared a State of Emergency for 12 counties on April 8, 2014.
MEMA urges the public to report damages to your local Emergency Management Agency. For a list of contact numbers for your county, visit www.msema.org/local-ema. For more information, go to MEMA’s website at www.msema.org or download the MEMA mobile app on your iOS or Android device.
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