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Flood Waters in Mississippi Submerge Roads and Fields

Published: August 29, 2022
Flooding seen in Mississippi state on Monday, August 29. (Image: via Reuters)

Mississippi’s Pearl River is expected to crest on Monday (August 29) at 35.5 feet (10.82 meters), at least half a foot (15.24 cm) below what officials had predicted, after substantial rainfall triggered voluntary evacuations in Mississippi’s largest city, the state capital of Jackson.

The river measured at 35.36 feet (10.78 meters) on Monday, just avoiding the Major Flood Stage level, according to Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

Drone images showed roads flooded near the river.

The river is expected to remain steady throughout the day before slowly falling Monday night, the National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi, said.

The Pearl River provides fresh drinking water to the city of approximately 163,000 residents.

In 2020, the river overflowed, flooding about 500 houses.

The Pearl River, which runs trhough Ridgeland, remained flooded throughout the day following water discharges from Barnett Reservoir over the weekend.

In a statement issued Sunday, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District warned the public that even though the Reservoir’s inflows had crested, water would continue to flow downstream.

The Water Supply district said the river level in Jackson at Highway 80 was expected to crest at 35.5 feet on Monday morning.

The high water event is predicted to last 7-10 days, according to the Pearl River Valley Water Supply district.

A flood warning was issued by the National Weather Service for Pearl River near Ratliff`s Ferry, at Edinburg and near Carthage affecting Rankin, Madison and Leake counties.

(By: Gerardo Gomez, Reuters)