Digital First: Pearl & Big Black River Flood Threat Increasing

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Moderate and Major river flooding is now widespread across Central Mississippi. The Pearl and Big Black Rivers continue to steadily rise following heavy rainfall this week. The updated Wednesday morning Pearl River forecast from the National Weather Service predicts the river level will reach 35.5 feet by this weekend (six inches below major flood stage). If reached, this would be the highest Pearl River level since 1983. The Big Black River at Bentonia is in major flood stage and expected to rise another foot before cresting this weekend.

LATEST RIVER FORECAST:

METRO IMPACTS:

The Pearl River has officially reached 34 feet, a measurement from the bottom of the river in Jackson, and some locations around the Metro begin will now be impacted by the high water. The below impact areas are based on estimated flood extent from the National Weather Service and road impacts listed by the City of Jackson.

STREETS AFFECTED BY PEARL RIVER AT 34 FEET:

Annie Street
City Garage Area – off South Jefferson Street
Eastover Area – behind homes
Foxboro Street
Galilee Street – behind homes
Riverwood – east of Harrow Drive
Martin & Hinds Street – curb area
Old Brandon Road – water in curb lane
President Street – south end
Sidney Street
South West Street
The Quarter Parking Lot
Westbrook Road – east of Sedgewick Drive
Yucca Drive

Stay with 12 News and Storm Team 12 for updates on Metro river levels and flooding around Jackson. Please send in your flooding photos and reports to news@wjtv.com.

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