MS governor declares state of emergency ahead of potential flooding

MEMPHIS, Tenn — Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has declared a state of emergency ahead of potential flooding in the southern part of the state.

According to a release, if predictions are accurate, the Pearl River is expected to crest on Aug. 29 at 36 feet.

In a release, the governor said:

This is 24 hours sooner than originally predicted. The time is now to start making preparations to protect you and your family. If your home flooded in 2020, there is a high probability it will happen again. For more information on the flooding, how it will impact your area, and what you can do to stay safe, please visit: https://www.msema.org/august-flooding-information

The state of Mississippi is as prepared as possible for this flooding. My administration, including MEMA, is monitoring this situation closely, and actively working to respond as quickly as possible to ongoing developments with the flooding.

The state’s response includes:

  • Deploying 126,000 sandbags. You can get more information on how to get sandbags by contacting your county or city.
  • Search and rescue teams are on standby and prepared to respond at the request of local emergency managers.
  • MEMA has drones in the air to assess water levels along the Pearl River, ensuring we consistently have the most up-to-date information on the flood areas and water movement.

Those who need shelter are encouraged to 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.