Floods put Mississippi capital in ‘precarious situation’

Waters continue to rise in the Pearl River, as floodwaters lead to evacuation orders, road closures and pollution threats.


National News

February 17, 2020 - 10:03 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — With the waters in the Pearl River continuing to rise in and around Mississippi’s capital city and more rain on the way this week, the governor warned residents that it would be days before flood waters  start to recede.

Gov. Tate Reeves said Sunday morning that  the Pearl would continue to rise throughout the day, and he warned that the state faces a “precarious situation that can turn at any moment.”

In one Jackson neighborhood, residents paddled canoes, kayaks and small fishing boats to check on their houses, giving lifts to other neighbors. Some were able to get inside while others peeked into the windows to see what, if any damage, had been done inside. Outside floodwaters lapped at mailboxes, street signs and cars that had been left in driveways. 

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