Jackson Mayor declares Civil Emergency ahead of severe weather


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba declared a Civil Emergency ahead of the severe weather.

“Do to the expectation of severe weather and extreme flooding, I have issued a proclamation to declare a civil emergency in light of the forecasted severe weather event,” said Mayor Lumumba.

With more heavy rains on the way, City Engineer, Dr. Charles Williams said that last week’s rainstorm has put work crews on high alert.

“Since last Thursday when we experienced the high rainfall event in the City of Jackson, work crews have been cleaning out storm drains and checking creeks and channels for any type of blockages. We received over 70 calls of service in our 311 system, so we have been periodically going through those calls trying to make sure that we address those issues. If our residents see any additional issues, we ask them to call our 311 system,” said Dr. Williams.

The following are neighborhoods that are especially prone to flash flooding:

Belhaven, Fondren, Presidential Hills, Midtown, Hemingway Circle, Casa Grande, and Choctaw Road near State Street

Please see additional information below:

  • Sandbags will be given out until 6 p.m. today. Tomorrow from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • 311 will remain open until 11 p.m. tonight. Tomorrow from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Citizens can call to report down power lines and down trees.
  • JATRAN’s Saturday service is suspended from 6 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Ahead of the flooding, the City of Jackson placed barricades near Monument and Mill Streets to prevent cars from driving through the area.

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