Big Black River threatens properties and roads as storm approaches

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As another storm approaches properties and roads in Hinds County are still underwater.

Well the main culprit is the Big Black River. Since Saturday’s storm that water way has risen to a moderate flood stage at almost 39 feet cutting off many routes to homes and flooding agriculture.

Since getting pounded over the weekend water ways like the Big Black River have been rapidly overflowing catching locals off guard.

“Waters come up about eight feet in the last 30 hours,” Hinds County resident Thomas Thompson said. “So my whole back yard is under water and most of my front yard is underwater so we’re hoping it don’t get much higher than it is now.”

Just off Highway 80 several homeowners are forced to park their cars on the side of roads and forced to boat or walk through the water.

“My truck drowned out this morning going through some deep water so I’m trying to go through the field and bypass that,” Thompson continued. “But when it rains tomorrow I won’t be able to do that so I’m going to park out here where everybody else is.”

With more heavy rain in the forecast for Thursday, county emergency teams are watching it closely.

“We knew Thursday’s storm had the potential to be a big storm,” Hinds County EMA Director Ricky Moore told us. “So we had a lot of trees down in the rural parts of the county. Those roads have been cleared, so we’ll be prepared if this storm brings any of the same weather.”

And those along the Big Black River are also preparing for what Mother Nature may throw at them.

“Put my lawnmower on higher ground and both my trucks to get them out of the water,” Thompson said. “My driveways got about a foot and a half of water in it right now. We got plenty of food and water, dog food and cat food, so we got everything we need.”

Officials expect 1-3 inches of rain come Thursday starting in the early afternoon and going into the evening.

The Hinds County Emergency Management team also told us they will have boats and units out patrolling affected areas if needed and those in trouble should contact them immediately to be rescued.

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