PEARL, Miss. (WJTV) – Governor Tate Reeves declared a State of Emergency due to flooding from the Pearl River. The river is steadily rising, and it’s expected to crest at 38 feet on Sunday.
The National Weather Service said this will be the worst flood since 1983.
“This is a historic flood. With projections showing the potential of this being the third worst flood in Mississippi history, I have declared a state of emergency to deploy the necessary resources to take care of all Mississippians impacted. I encourage everyone out there to prepare. Have a plan to protect yourself and your loved ones.” said Reeves.
Leaders with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency are encouraging neighbors to pay attention to emergency weather alerts. State agencies are prepared to respond to help flood victims.
Reeves said agencies are concerned about some major roadways because of the flooding, including I-55 N. around Daniel Lake Boulevard and Elton Road. It’s possible the Mississippi Department of Transportation may have to close frontage roads and northbound lanes on the interstate.
Click here to read more about how to protect yourself from the flooding and which streets are expected to be affected.