Digital First: Flooding impacts neighborhoods across Jackson-metro


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Flooding from the Pearl River is impacting neighborhoods across the Jackson-metro area. The river is expected to crest at 38 feet on Sunday. Governor Tate Reeves declared a State of Emergency on Saturday.

Neighbors on North Canton Club Circle in Jackson have been impacted by the flooding. Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba checked on them Saturday morning.

A barber shop in Jackson also prepared for flooding by stacking sandbags outside. The business is located near Gallatin Street.

There is also flooding on I-20 Frontage Road at the Petro Stopping Center .

The Canadian National Railroad tracks are now flooded at the State Street Extension near I-20/55. MDOT expects State Street to be completely closed due to flood waters Saturday night. No traffic will be possible between downtown and I-20/55, everyone will have to use Pearl/Pascagoula to I-55.

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Water is also high near the Barnett Reservoir in Rankin County. Officials said the reservoir is nearing capacity.

Congressman Michael Guest joined Rankin County law enforcement to survey the flooding. He also helped distribute water.

There is also flooding at Hanging Moss Creek near Jackson Academy.

Several homes and some industrial lots have already flooded along Flowood Drive. Video from a 12 News viewer showed how far the floodwaters have reached as of Saturday morning.

In Byram, the high water started to take over the parking lot and playground at First Baptist Church of Byram off of Siwell Road.

In Ridgeland, police blocked off the entrance to the Harbor Pines subdivision. Mayor Gene McGee issued a mandatory evacuation order for the area earlier this week.

Ridgeland Police was on the scene of a slow rise flooding along Lakeview Road traveling toward Forest Grove Road Saturday morning. As water level is expected to crest at 38 feet Sunday, officials are encouraging homeowners to continue to take precautions and evacuate. The video from RPD shows a residence area impacted by floodwaters.

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