Governor Phil Bryant Issues State of Emergency for Mississippi River Flooding

Pearl, Miss. (Dec. 30, 2015) – Governor Phil Bryant issued a State of Emergency this afternoon for the imminent threat of major flooding along the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

The State of Emergency is an administrative tool that allows local governments to request state assistance to assist with response and recovery associated with these storm systems.

The State of Emergency covers all counties along the Mississippi River, its tributaries and any other parts of the state that may be affected..

“We are told this flood will be just below the historic record flood of 2011,” Gov. Bryant said. “Our citizens have time to prepare and should begin taking actions now.”

The National Weather Service is forecasting the crest to begin in Tunica on Jan. 10, Greenville on Jan. 14, Vicksburg on Jan. 16, and Natchez on Jan. 18. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is coordinating with state agencies, county emergency managers, the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, volunteer organizations and levee boards on planning and response activities.

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