Mississippi governor declares state of emergency due to predicted river flooding
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves (right) declared a state of emergency for areas of the state affected by river flooding on Saturday.
“I encourage people in flood-prone areas to be cautious, take appropriate precautions, and evacuate if necessary,” Reeves said. written in the statement.
Although some flooding has occurred, more are expected to occur this week, although earlier than originally expected.
Reeves said the Pearl River, located in central Mississippi near other flooding, “is expected to crest Monday … at 36 feet.”
“Now is the time to start preparing to protect yourself and your family,” Reeves wrote.
The governor said his emergency declaration would allow state agencies, including the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), to help deal with the flooding and its aftermath.
MEMA and the Reeves administration worked together to deploy sandbags and prepare search and rescue teams, according to the emergency announcement.
Reeves added that MEMA continuously monitors flood levels using drones and other instruments.
Flooding swept across the southwestern United States last week as the National Weather Service warned of a potential tropical cyclone.
Similar patterns of unstable weather have emerged in other parts of the country and throughout Mississippi.