Mississippi governor declares flooding emergency
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If you or someone you know lives near the Pearl River in Mississippi, listen up.
A state of emergency has been declared for the state.
And several communities along the Pearl River are bracing for the possibility of the worst flooding in 35 years.
Some areas near Jackson, Mississippi have dealt with rising flood water for days.
But experts say the worst is still to come especially when the Pearl River crested Saturday evening.
It’s projected to top out at 38 feet.
Officials say that would be historic.
More than 2,000 homes are at risk, prompting mandatory flood evacuations in vulnerable areas.
Emergency management officials are urging residents not to wait until the water gets to their house to evacuate.
Officials warn that roads that are visible now could be underwater by nightfall, making travel and evacuation dangerous.
Unfortunately more rain is in the forecast for today (Sunday).
That means the flood emergency could continue through the start of next week.
First responders and high water vehicles are on standby to rescue stranded residents.
Original story posted 2.16.20