Mayor: "We do expect more water"By ANTHONY WARREN,
Local leaders are urging residents to use caution and stock up on necessities as the area experiences severe flooding and as more rain is expected in the coming hours.
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, backed by county and state emergency officials, discussed the city’s flooding situation at a press conference recently.
“Stock up on necessities, water. We are not out of the woods yet,” he said. “We do expect more water. We want our citizens to remain vigilant, to be mindful of their neighbors. If someone is disabled, who may need assistance, do not hesitate to call the city, call 911 in the event of an emergency.”
Lumumba said one of the biggest fears now is the Pearl River, and whether more water from the Ross Barnett Reservoir will have to be released into the river downstream.
“If that takes place in significant enough rate, then we’re concerned amount of water dam can contain, our retention infrastructure can contain,” he said. “Right now, we’re working with team of individuals, the county, MEMA, communicating with National Weather Service, about what we expect and how much rainfall we are potentially going to receive over coming hours.”
He said the city is monitoring the river closely and said officials had not determined if it would need to issue evacuation orders due to flooding.
The river was at 31 feet prior to this morning’s rainfall. The river crests at 34 feet.
On January 14, three to five inches of rain was dumped on the metro area, with another half-inch to an inch of rain expected in the next 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service. The rain comes following downpours on Friday and Saturday, which also caused flash flooding.
Inundation has occurred across the capital city, including in numerous spots on the Northside. Hanging Moss Creek topped its banks near Jackson Academy and Parham Bridges Park. Flooding was also reported in Fondren on Council Circle and at North State Street and Meadowbrook Road.
This afternoon, Jackson Academy’s carpool was rerouted as a result of flooding from Hanging Moss Creek.
The mayor also mentioned flooding in the Belhaven area, which is prone to flooding from Belhaven Creek.