PEARL, Miss – The Mississippi State Emergency Operations Center has updated storm reports from 39 counties due to the heavy rainfall and flooding throughout the state. Initial damage reports show 185 homes destroyed or sustained major damage and a total of 649 with minor damage or affected with assessments still ongoing. . There are no injuries or deaths being reported but two fishermen are still missing in Claiborne County.
The National Weather Service says severe storms are possible later this afternoon until about midnight for areas north of Interstate 20. The northwest and delta areas of the state could see the strongest storms that may include damaging winds, large hail, and the possibility of tornadoes. The saturated ground and already flooded areas are susceptible to more flooding affects from heavy rainfall so the public is encouraged to remain very aware of the conditions around them.
There are five shelters open throughout the state being managed or supported by the Mississippi Department of Human Services and the American Red Cross:
- Bolivar County: Merigold Storm Shelter on Lee St. in Merigold.
- Washington County: County Convention Center on Raceway Rd. in Greenville.
- Coahoma County: Clarksdale Civic Center on East 2nd St. in Clarksdale.
- Forrest County: 361 Shelter on Sullivan Dr. in Hattiesburg.
- Jones County: 361 Shelter on Ellisville Blvd. in Laurel.
- Distributed 300,000 sandbags, 7,200 bottles of water, 1,152 MREs, 150 tarps.
MS State Department of Health
- Coordinating a precautionary evacuation of a nursing home in Clarksdale.
MS Army National Guard:
- 120 troops authorized to assist 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 13 roads affected in 13 counties by flooding (see full report below).
- For the latest traffic information call 5-1-1 or visit www.mstraffic.com
MDEQ Dam Safety:
- Assessing dam/levee issues as requested, no issues at this time.
MS Commission Volunteer Services
- To donate or register to volunteer: www.msdisasterresponse.org
County storm reports:
- Bolivar: 112 homes affected.
- Claiborne: 12 homes and one business affected. Two fishermen are missing on the Mississippi River
- Clarke: County EMA building flooded, two homes and 25 roads affected in Quitman.
- Coahoma: 70 homes and one business with major damage.
- Covington: Seven homes major damage, five homes and two businesses minor.
- 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: Five homes major damage, 21 homes and two businesses minor.
- Lamar: 13 homes affected and several roads damaged..
- Leake: Several roads damaged.
- Lawrence: Several roads flooded.
- Lincoln: Several roads closed due to flooding.
- Marion: 25 homes and 35 roads affected by flooding.
- Madison: Several roads affected by flash flooding.
- Marshall: Six homes minor damage, roads flooded
- Panola: Two homes and one agricultural major damage, 33 homes one business and one agricultural minor damage, roads damaged.
- Pearl River: 17 homes minor damage, 14 roads minor damage. closed.
- Perry: Roads flooded and damaged.
- Pike: Swift water rescues, numerous roads, culverts and bridges washed out.
- Quitman: 55 homes and two businesses minor damage, eight roads major damage.
- 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: 22 homes affected, roads damaged.
- Tallahatchie: One home major damage, three homes minor, five roads damaged.
- Tate: Six homes and roads affected by flooding.
- Tunica: 98 homes and roads affected by flooding.
- 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: Six homes destroyed, 91 major damage, 91 minor damage, 10 businesses and 10 agricultural minor damage.
- Wayne: Eight homes and three businesses affected, public utility, roads and bridges damaged.
- Wilkinson: Mobile home damaged, flooding in northwest part of county.
- Yazoo: Minor road flooding in Yazoo City.
MDOT road report by County:
· MS 446 at Shaw-Skene Road west of Boyle
· US 61 northbound near the Natchez Trace south of Port Gibson (CLOSED)
· MS 316 two miles east of Jonestown
· MS 512 between Pachuta and Quitman CLOSED)
· US 61 northbound at Star Landing Road (CLOSED)
· Hwy 11 between Old Hwy 42 west and Old Hwy 42 east
· MS 589 between Bellvue and Purvis (at Burnt Bridge Road) (CLOSED)
· MS 22 eastbound past Spring Creek Road west of Flora
Pearl River County
· North Beech Street between MS 43 & Goodyear Boulevard (CLOSED)
· MS 315 at MS 3 in Sledge
· MS 32 at 1 mile east of US 49 West in both directions
· US 51 at Coldwater Bridge (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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