PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received a report from the Mississippi Department of Public Safety of one death in Smith County as a result of the ongoing winter weather event. A vehicle struck the back of a stalled 18-wheeler, killing the passenger in the vehicle.
“Deborah and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the person who died in the accident,” said Gov. Phil Bryant. “Driving conditions are still hazardous in many areas, and I urge Mississippians to heed the advice of emergency officials to stay off of the roads if possible.”
Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing until Thursday morning. Ice that has melted on roadways will refreeze overnight, prolonging hazardous travel conditions.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol has responded to more than 600 traffic accidents since Tuesday morning. MHP is continuing to assist local law enforcement with accidents and traffic control.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation is working around the clock to treat roads and bridges that have iced over. For the most up-to-date road information, visit www.mdottraffic.com or call 5-1-1.
According to Simpson County Emergency Management Director Glen Jennings, a vehicle struck a natural gas regulator station in the Town of D’Lo. Nearly 20 homes are being evacuated as a result of the accident.
Gas supply to the town of D’Lo has been shut off for repairs. Crews are on the scene working to restore natural gas to the community, and hope to have it restored by 5 p.m.
A warming station has been set up at the Simpson County E-911 Building in Mendenhall, and another at First Baptist Church in Mendenhall. If gas service is not restored, Simpson County is prepared to open an overnight shelter.
If you have any damage at your home, contact your local emergency management agency. For a full list of county emergency managers and their contact information, visit www.msema.org/local-ema/.
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