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State of Emergency issued ahead of Pearl River flooding

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has issued a State of Emergency in anticipation of flooding from the Pearl River. At the time of this release, the flooding is expected to crest at 36 feet on Monday, Aug. 29th.

“My administration, including MEMA, is monitoring this situation closely, and actively working to respond as quickly as possible to ongoing developments with the flooding,” said Gov. Reeves. “Recognizing the critical nature of this situation, and in consideration of the health and safety of local residents, I have proclaimed a State of Emergency in the areas that have been affected by or may be affected by the severe thunderstorms and flooding.”

The state’s response efforts are already underway. MEMA has deployed 126,000 sandbags in preparation for this flooding. Mississippians can get more information on how to get sandbags by contacting their county or city.

Additionally, search and rescue teams are on standby and are prepared to respond at the request of local emergency managers.

MEMA also has drones in the air to assess water levels along the Pearl River. This will ensure that the state consistently has the most accurate and up to date information on the flood areas and water movement.

If an individual is in need of shelter, they can go to the Jackson Police Training Academy at 3000 Saint Charles Street in the city of Jackson. It is open and being run by the American Red Cross.

Click here to access additional information regarding the flood.

Click here to access the National Weather Services’ interactive map and assess your flood risk.

Gov. Reeves made the announcement today at a press conference at MEMA headquarters. The full press conference can be viewed here.

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