Jackson mayor provides updates on Hurricane Ida preps


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba held a news conference on Saturday, August 28 to provide updates related to Hurricane Ida.

The storm is expected to make landfall in Louisiana on Sunday, August 29, which will be the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Ida is expected to bring significant rain, wind and possible tornadoes to Mississippi.

If you live in a low-lying area, you are asked to prepare now.

The mayor said Public Works crews will be on standby if they are needed. He announced the viaducts on Gallatin Street and Monument Street will be closed to traffic starting Monday, August 30, because these areas are prone to flooding. Sandbags are also being provided to neighbors. The sandbags will be provided until Tuesday, August 31.

City Engineer Dr. Charles Williams said neighbors should find alternate routes if roads are flooded. Wind could cause trees to fall in the city, and neighbors should report fallen trees to the 311 system.

Jackson Police Chief James Davis said the department will be operating on its emergency plan during the hurricane. All officers will be available to respond. If neighbors need help from the police department, they can call 601-960-1234. Leaders said 911 should only be used for emergencies.

Two shelters will also be open in the city for those who need shelter:

  • Jackson Police Training Academy – 3000 St. Charles Street
  • Champion Gym – 1355 Hattiesburg Street

Jackson Fire Chief Willie Owens encouraged neighbors to avoid downed trees and powerlines. The fire department’s High Water Rescue team will be activated. If they are needed, they will respond.

Mayor Lumumba encouraged neighbors to make an emergency plan now and have an evacuation route in place. He also encouraged neighbors to gather medicine and supplies for several days in case they need to leave immediately or services are cut off in their area.


  • The City of Jackson Department of Solid Waste asks that residents give at least two weeks after the storm passes to allow for damage assessments and retaining of contracts if needed to assist with debris removal.
  • Tress that may fall onto the right-of-way and obstruct traffic will be addressed immediately. This can be reported to 311, 601-960-1168, or 601-960-1193.
  • If contractors are hired to cut limbs, or remove damaged materials from a residence, it is the contractors’ responsibility to remove and dispose of all debris. We ask that residents hire licensed contractors to provide debris removal services at their place of residence to ensure that all debris is properly disposed of.
  • If residents have small limbs that are in compliance and require removal, please call 601-960-1193 for assistance. (To be in compliance, limbs must be cut 4 feet in length and stacked in small piles no higher than 3 feet.)
  • For more information, residents can please call 311 to be provided with a tracking number for reference.       


  • Please pay attention to local news media or weather radio as the storm progresses for current emergency information and instructions.
  • Sign up for CodeRed Emergency Alerts at www.jacksonms.gov
  • Please call 9-1-1 for emergencies only.
  • Please call 601-960-1234 for non-emergencies.
  • Down limbs that fall onto the right-of-way and obstruct traffic can be reported to 311, 601-960-1168, or 601-960-1193.

Hinds County EOC Director Joey Perkins said they are in contact with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and they will monitor the National Weather Service (NWS) and provide updates as needed.

Click here to keep up with the Storm Team 12 forecast ahead of Ida. 

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