Press release from the city of Jackson on the flooding of the Pearl River:
Today, the City of Jackson officials, along with Hinds County officials, met to solidify their plan to respond to potential flooding.
“Due to a significant amount of rainfall, there now exist a need to release waters from the reservoir in order to increase its holding capacity”, said Warren Miller the City of Jackson’s Emergency Management Coordinator.
“This release into the Pearl River will increase the water flows on several of the tributaries in and around Jackson which creates a high possibility that adjacent streets and communities will be inundated.”
City Officials are asking citizens to report any flooding on streets to the City’s 311System, so crews can properly block these streets.
“Public Works crews are currently out, assessing the low-lying areas for flooding, and are monitoring river levels,” said Miller. “Public Works, along with the assistance of our Police and Fire Departments will continue to monitor flood-prone areas throughout the night to ensure the safety of citizens.”
City Officials will continue to monitor weather conditions and provide up-to-date information as they become available.
Visit the City’s website at www.jacksonms.gov for a map of flood prone areas in Jackson. For tips on how to prepare for possible flooding or other weather-related preparedness tips, visit the MEMA website at www.msema.org.