(JACKSON, Miss.) – According to the National Weather Service, the Jackson area is under a flash flood watch and more rainfall is expected through Saturday. Residents living near the Pearl River should take special precautions as water levels are expected to continue to rise. Please see the following weather preparedness tips:
- Prepare ahead of time, especially if you live in a low-lying area.
- Keep an Emergency Supplies Kit on hand
- Sandbags will be available this week from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at 4225 Michael Avalon Street, Jackson, MS 39213
- DO NOT drive or walk in floodwaters. Floodwaters can be contaminated with debris, harmful chemical, rodents, biohazards, etc. Keep kids and pets out of floodwaters.
- TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN. Cars can be swept away in as little as two inches of water.
- DO NOT remove any barricades. They are there for your safety.
- Champion Community Center (1355 Hattiesburg Street, Jackson, MS 39204) is open to citizens if you need to vacate your home due to flooding
- 311 will be open from 8:00 am – 7:00 pm today. Citizens can call the non-emergency line to report downed power lines or trees
- Citizens should remain vigilant and be prepared by:
- Monitoring weather coverage through local news stations and weather apps
- Stocking up on groceries and gas ahead of time
- Having a family disaster kit prepared
- Seeking alternate accommodations if living in a flood-prone area
- If your car is disabled and/or left behind, it will be towed to the Metro Center Mall as a courtesy.
- JATRAN will assist disabled and elderly citizens who need to get out of flooded areas.
- Hinds Co. EOC/Jackson Fire Dept. is prepared to assist with resources such as boats, if needed.
Communities and Neighborhoods affected by flash flooding include but are not limited to:
Choctaw Road off State Street
*Areas near major creeks (ie. Hanging Moss, Purple Creek, Town Creek etc.) are particularly prone to flash flooding