FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 11, 2016
PEARL – The State Emergency Operations Center has received storm reports from 25 counties due to the ongoing heavy rainfall and flooding throughout the state. There are no injuries or deaths being reported.
The National Weather Service says flash flooding will remain a possibility through the weekend especially for south and coastal Mississippi. NWS also says several rivers and creeks will crest to moderate and in some cases major flood stages over the next few days so it is important for residents to remain weather aware. Please do not attempt to travel on flooded roadways and have a plan in the event floodwaters threaten their homes.
There are eight shelters open throughout the state being managed by the Mississippi Department of Human Services and the American Red Cross:
• Bolivar County: Mound Bayou Community Center.
• Madison County: Priestly Chapel MB Church in Canton.
• Washington County: County Convention Center in Greenville.
• Coahoma County: Clarksdale Civic Center.
• Tunica County: GW Henderson Rec. Center in Tunica.
• Forrest County: 361 Shelter in Hattiesburg.
• Forrest County: Petal Civic Center.
• Jones County: 361 Shelter in Laurel.
The Mississippi Army National Guard has deployed 80 troops in south Mississippi to assist county emergency operations if needed with high water vehicles and security. Gov. Phil Bryant authorized the use of the National Guard in the Executive Order and State of Emergency issued Thursday.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation is reporting more than 20 state roads affected by flooding. For the latest information on road conditions please visit the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s website at www.mstraffic.com or call 5-1-1.
MEMA has deployed 220,000 sandbags, pallets of bottled water and tarps at the request of affected counties.
Breakdown of storm reports to MEMA by county (25):
• Bolivar: Several homes flooded. Several roads closed due to flooding and two roads closed due to damage. Requesting 5K sandbags; MEMA Logistics coordinating.
• Claiborne: Two fishermen are missing on the Mississippi River. Claiborne County, Miss. Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks are assisting. Sheriff is contacting the Coast Guard about possibility of air support. Civil Air Patrol to assist after weather passes.
• Clarke: County EMA building flooded, two homes and 25 roads affected in Quitman.
• Coahoma: 20 homes flooded. Several families displaced.
• DeSoto: 12 houses flooded/inaccessible, 2 swift water rescues, 9 roads closed.
• Harrison: Salvation Army Cold Weather Shelter will open.
• Hancock: Sandbags are being handed out at the following locations:
o Lakeshore Community Center: 6640 Lower Bay Road, Lakeshore.
o County Complex: 3068 Longfellow Road, Bay St. Louis.
o Hancock County Horse Arena: 4184 Kiln Delisle Road, Kiln.
• Hinds: Residents are being removed in the Casa Grande area due to flash flooding. MEMA has provided pallets of bottled water due to water pressure issues.
• Jackson: Sandbagging and shelters on stand-by.
• Jefferson Davis: Flash flooding of roads and house fire due to lightning.
• Jones: Six homes and two apartments affected with 16 people displaced
• Madison: Several homes are being evacuated in Ridgeland due to flash flooding.
• Marshall: Flooding in the Barton and North Red Banks areas. A few homes are affected due to roads being inaccessible. Eight people displaced. Five roads closed due to flooding.
• Panola: 45 homes and 25 roads affected, one levee breach.
• Pearl River: Evacuations and sandbagging underway.
• Quitman: 15 roads closed due to flooding.
• Rankin: Flash flooding of roads.
• Simpson: Flash flooding.
• Smith: One home major damage due to tornado in Raleigh. Major fire extinguished at the Georgia Pacific particleboard facility in Taylorsville.
• Sunflower: Inverness Elementary School has major roof damage. Damage to a home in Inverness due to a tree falling. Five homes in Indianola at risk of flooding, with sandbagging operations ongoing 10-12 homes in city of Drew have flood damage..
• Tallahatchie: Five roads closed due to flooding, three homes affected near Tutwiler.
• Tate: Three homes affected, eight residents displaced, water damage to county courthouse and administration building, 19 roads closed.
• Tunica: 100 homes affected, 35 roads closed.
• Washington: Approximately 100 people displaced, expecting numbers to climb (MDHS and Red Cross have been notified and are coordinating with County EMA).
• Yazoo: Minor road flooding in Yazoo City.
Damage report updates will be released as they become available.
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.
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