JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba and other emergency management officials held a news conference on Friday, August 26 to discuss flooding in the city.

Leaders said people in low-lying areas in the city have about 48 hours to make an evacuation plan and get out. Those who do evacuate need to be prepared to be away from home for as long as two weeks.

If you live along the Pearl River and if your home flooded in 2020, you’re home is more likely to be threaten by the flooding, which could start as early as Sunday night.

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) announced they increased the discharge from the Barnett Reservoir on Friday to 55,000 cubic feet per second (CFS).

The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts the 55,000 CFS discharge will result in the level of the Pearl River in Jackson at Highway 80 to reach 35 feet.

Here is a list of streets in Jackson that would likely be impacted by the Pearl River rising:

Pearl River at 34 feet

  • Annie Street
  • City garage area off S. Jefferson Street
  • Eastover area
  • Foxboro Street
  • Galilee Street
  • Martin & Hinds streets
  • Old Brandon Road
  • President Street – south end
  • Sidney Street
  • South West Street – Union Planter s
  • South West Street – Randy’s Upholstery parking lot
  • Rosemary Road east of Terry Road
  • Riverwood Drive – east of Harrow Drive 
  • Westbrook Road – east of Sedgewick Drive
  • Yucca Drive

Pearl River at 35 feet

  • Annie Street
  • Beasley Street
  • City garage area off S. Jefferson Street
  • Cypress Trail
  • Deer Trail
  • Eastover area
  • Foxboro Street
  • Galilee Street
  • Greenwood  Avenue at Hardy Creek 
  • Hudson Street – east end
  • Martin & Hinds streets
  • McNuitt Street
  • Nichols Street
  • Offutt Street 
  • Old Brandon Road
  • President Street from South Silas Brown Street – south end
  • River cove area
  • River Glenn area
  • North River Road
  • Riverwood/Harrow drives 
  • Rollingwood at Yucca Drive – south end
  • Rosemary Road east of Terry Road
  • Sidney Street
  • South West Street – Union Planter s
  • South West Street – Randy’s Upholstery parking lot
  • Westbrook Road – east of Sedgewick Drive
  • Yucca Drive

Pearl River at 36 feet 

  • Annie Street
  • Beasley Street
  • Beatty & Rankin streets at Silas Brown Street
  • Canterbury Court
  • Canton Club Circle at Sedgewick Drive 
  • Canton Club Circle – northeast end 
  • City garage area off S. Jefferson Street
  • Cypress Trail
  • Deer Trail
  • Eastover area
  • Foxboro Street
  • Galilee Street
  • Greenwood  Avenue at Hardy Creek 
  • Harrow Drive
  • Hinds Street 
  • Hudson Street – east end
  • Julienne Street
  • Linde Air Trailer Court
  • Martin & Hinds streets
  • McNuitt Street
  • Meadow Oaks Park Drive 
  • Moncure Road 
  • Nichols Street
  • Offutt Street 
  • Old Brandon Road
  • President Street from South Silas Brown Street – south end
  • Rankin Street 
  • River cove area
  • River Glenn area
  • North River Road
  • Riverwood/Harrow drives 
  • Rollingwood at Yucca Drive – south end
  • Rosemary Road east of Terry Road
  • Santa Clara Circle 
  • Sedgewick Drive & Canton Club Circle
  • Sidney Street
  • South West Street – Union Planter s
  • South West Street – Randy’s Upholstery parking lot
  • Sproles Street 
  • Stokes Robinson Road 
  • Westbrook Road – east of Sedgewick Drive
  • Yucca Drive

The river is still expected to reach 36 feet by Tuesday, August 30. The NWS considers 36 feet to be a “major” flood level for this area of the Pearl River. If the river reaches 36 feet, this would tie for the eighth highest crest ever.

Neighbors in low-lying areas are asked to take precautions now. The high water event is predicted to last seven to 10 days.

The Jackson Police Department and Hinds County Sheriff’s Office plan to have additional patrol units available in areas affected by flooding. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will have swift water boats in the event of residential flooding. 

The Red Cross will open a shelter at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, located at the Jackson Police Academy at 3000 St. Charles Street in Jackson.

Anyone coming to an evacuation shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family: 

  • Prescription medications or foods that meet specific dietary requirements
  • Clothing, pillows, blankets, toiletries, and other comfort items 
  • Supplies needed for children and infants such as diapers, formula and toys 
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled 
  • Chargers for electronic devices
  • Books, games and entertainment for family

Sandbags are now available for residents to fill at 4225 Michael Avalon Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This location will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. this weekend. Residents who face a flooding threat are advised to call 311 if they cannot make it to the sandbag distribution site. Due to the high volume of calls, please leave a message if you don’t get a direct response. 

Lumumba said JTRAN is on standby to help evacuate individuals who do not have transportation. Once the water rises, city services will not be available.