Mississippi is bracing for more flooding as rising waters caused by days of heavy downpours swell rivers in the state capital of Jackson, causing fears to rise with the river amid speculation it will breach its banks and threaten thousands of homes.
Governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency due to the “historic, unprecedented flood” that was not expected to crest before Monday. "This is a precarious situation that can turn at any moment," Reeves said at a press conference Sunday morning. "It will be days before we're out of the woods and the water starts to recede."
This is a big national story regarding flooding over the south, particularly toward Jackson, MS. The storm track has been very active to our south this year...they have picked up 5-8" of rain north of Jackson over the past week! Significant flooding is likely. pic.twitter.com/wx4eVoWL47— KCRG-TV9 First Alert Weather (@KCRG_FirstAlert) February 17, 2020
COUNTRY CLUB FLOODING: When the Pearl River reaches 36 ft, the golf course at the Country Club of Jackson begins to flood. This drone video from Sunday shows impressive water levels, which have slightly increased this morning. 📷: Hinkle Productions @WJTV @NWSJacksonMS #MSwx pic.twitter.com/1UbsjFmuRv— Jacob Lanier (@JacobLanierWx) February 17, 2020
Mississippi is in a state of emergency Monday morning after historic levels of flooding damaged at least 200 homes near the state capitol of Jackson. At least four people had to be rescued from their homes as the Pearl River’s rising water flooded entire neighborhoods. Omar Villafranca is in Jackson to report on the latest damage.
Okay so this is Silas Brown bridge right now pic.twitter.com/FyGPcMHfGF— PearlRiverFlow (@PearlRiverFlow) February 16, 2020
Watch Jackson and Ridgeland drone video below that shows neighborhoods devastated by Pearl River flooding.
.@ReporterBlayne is in Jackson, Mississippi where the Pearl River continues to rise and residents brace for near-historic flooding.— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) February 16, 2020
She'll have the latest details tonight on @NBCNightlyNews. pic.twitter.com/AbigyVues4
Silas Brown road in Pearl. pic.twitter.com/6RguFvQS5C— PearlRiverFlow (@PearlRiverFlow) February 15, 2020
Watch a dog being rescued from a flooding yard in Jackson below.
Flooding in Jackson, MS has caused mandatory evacuations in floodplanes. Jenn Henderson lives by the river, where she says the water is ten feet high. She went back to rescue her favorite chair and her grandfather’s guitar. pic.twitter.com/rCNu0aOqOr— Charlie Gile (@CharlieGileNBC) February 15, 2020
Drone shots of downtown Jackson, #Mississippi in the background show that recent rainfall has swollen the Pearl River. Pearl River was reported near at 35 feet on Thursday, which is very high. As a result Hinds County issued a state of emergency due to the #flooding.#MSwx pic.twitter.com/OFiHfQF7he— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) February 13, 2020