Severe Storms Cause Damage, More Storms in the Forecast

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has
received damage reports from several counties from severe storms and flash
flooding that occurred Thursday into Friday morning. More than 10 inches of
rain fell in portions of south Mississippi causing extreme flash flooding. High
winds and possible tornadoes caused damage in Warren and Yazoo counties. Two
injuries were reported in Jones County.

There are two shelters open and being managed by the
Mississippi Department of Human Services and the Red Cross for displaced
citizens:

  • Petal Civic Center
  • Jones County Saferoom in Laurel

The public is encouraged to report damage to homes or
businesses to their county emergency management office. A directory of all the
offices can be found at http://www.msema.org/local-ema/

The National Weather Service is forecasting another round
of storms over the weekend into early next week.
Residents need to be
ready for additional rainfall to cause flooding with the ground being saturated
and many rivers at or above flood stage, especially in the southern part of the
state.

Initial damage reports by county (assessments ongoing):

  • Clarke: Homes and roads damaged or inaccessible from flooding.
  • Forrest: Homes and roads damaged or inaccessible from flooding.
    Shelter open.
  • Jasper: Roads damaged or inaccessible from flooding.
  • Jones: Homes and roads damaged or inaccessible from flooding.
    Shelter open. Two injuries.
  • Lauderdale: Roads damaged or inaccessible from flooding.
  • Warren: Eleven Homes, two businesses and two public buildings
    damaged.
  • Wayne: Homes and roads damaged or inaccessible from flooding.
  • Yazoo: Six homes and one business damaged.

MEMA has staff deployed to affected counties to assist with
damage assessments.

The State Emergency Operations Center is activated and
monitoring any requests or unmet needs from counties. MEMA will provide updates
as information becomes available. The best way to get up-to-date information
during this event is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook, or “Follow” us on twitter
@msema.

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