FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 12, 2016
PEARL – The State Emergency Operations Center has received storm reports from 41 counties due to the ongoing heavy rainfall and flooding throughout the state. There are no injuries or deaths being reported but two fishermen are still missing in Claiborne County. Initial damage reports show 95 homes with major damage, 277 with minor damage with assessments still ongoing.
The National Weather Service says flooding remains a possibility through Sunday, especially for the northwest, 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 nine shelters open throughout the state being managed or supported 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.
• Forrest County: 361 Shelter in Hattiesburg.
• Jones County: 361 Shelter in Laurel.
• Pearl River County: 361 Shelter in Picayune.
• Clarke County: Shubuta Volunteer Fire Dept.
• Marion County: Springhill Baptist Church in Sandy Hook (Independent Shelter).
• Deployed 255,000 sandbags, 7,200 bottles of water, 1,152 MREs, 150 tarps.
MS Army National Guard:
• 120 troops authorized to assist in Forrest, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Pearl River counties as needed.
Mid-Mississippi Strike Team
• 3 rescue boat teams deployed to Pearl River Co., 5 rescue boat teams deployed to Forrest Co.
• Reporting 20 roads affected in 15 counties by flooding (see full report below).
MDEQ Dam Safety:
• Assessing dam issue at Lake Tiak-O’Khata in Winston County.
MS Commission Volunteer Services
• To donate or register to volunteer: www.msdisasterresponse.org
County storm reports (41):
• 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. Roads closed due to flooding.
• Clarke: County EMA building flooded, two homes and 25 roads affected in Quitman.
• Coahoma: 70 homes and one business with major damage.
• DeSoto: 12 houses flooded/inaccessible, 2 swift water rescues, 9 roads closed.
• Forrest: 11 homes affected, three roads closed.
• Greene: Flash flooding.
• Harrison: Sandbags available and shelters on stand-by.
• Hancock: Sandbags distributed and shelters on stand-by.
• Hinds: Five homes affected and five roads closed due to flooding.
• Jackson: Sandbagging and shelters on stand-by.
• Jefferson Davis: Flash flooding of roads and house fire due to lightning.
• Jones: 20 homes with major damage and two businesses minor damage.
• Lamar: Widespread flash flooding.
• Lawrence: Several roads flooded.
• Leake: Widespread flash flooding, several roads damaged.
• Lincoln: Several roads closed due to flooding.
• Marion: 25 homes and 35 roads affected by flooding.
• Madison: Several roads affected by 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: 15 homes affected, 30 roads closed.
• Perry: Roads flooded and damaged.
• Pike: Swift water rescues, numerous roads, culverts and bridges washed out.
• Quitman: 45 homes affected and 15 roads closed due to flooding.
• Rankin: Flash flooding of roads.
• Simpson: Flash flooding.
• Smith: One home major damage due to EF-0 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: Three homes and five roads affected by flooding.
• Tate: Six homes and roads affected by flooding.
• Tunica: 98 homes and roads affected by flooding.
• 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: 59 homes damaged, 39 homes affected, roads damaged, 245 people displaced.
• Walthall: Swift water rescue, numerous roads flooded.
• Warren: One home and roads flooded, numerous trees down, landslide at Hwy 80 and Thorn Hill Dr.
• Washington: Approximately 100 people displaced, expecting numbers to climb (MDHS and Red Cross have been notified and are coordinating with County EMA).
• Wayne: Six apartments flooded, 11 roads damaged, one bridge destroyed and one non-profit major damage.
• Wilkinson: Mobile home damaged, flooding in northwest part of county.
• Yazoo: Minor road flooding in Yazoo City.
MDOT road report by County:
MS 446 westbound at Shaw-Skene Road west of Boyle
US 61 northbound near the Natchez Trace south of Port Gibson (CLOSED)
MS 512 at MS 18 (CLOSED)
US 61 one mile north of Star Landing Road in Walls (CLOSED)
US 61 northbound at Star Landing Road (CLOSED)
US 49 NB at Rawls Springs Road in Forrest County (CLOSED)
MS 588 west of the Leaf River Bridge.
MS 589 at Black Creek (CLOSED)
MS 22 eastbound past Spring Creek Road west of Flora
MS 43 between SR 13 and Old River Road south to the Pearl River County line (closed)
MS 587 north of Foxworth
MS 315 at MS 3 in Sledge
SR 149 at Dabbs Creek
MS 32 at 1 mile east of US 49 West in both directions
US 51 at Coldwater Bridge (CLOSED)
MS 35 at MDOT scale house near LA state line south of Columbia
MS 35 at 35 Diner south of Columbia
MS 48 at Walker’s Bridge at the Walthall/Pike County line
MS 27 northbound between Ginn Road and Dillons Bridge Road (CLOSED)
MS 822 (Old Highway 80) approximately three miles west of MS 27 (CLOSED)
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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