Hinds County Board Commemorates Natural Disaster

Recognition will mark 40th year since the Easter Flood of 1979

Hind County, MS – April 12, 2019:  Hinds County Board of Supervisors will commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Easter Flood of 1979 to remember the events surrounding one of the greatest natural disasters to impact Hinds County.

Event: Easter Flood 40th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony

Location: Chancery Court Building, Jackson, MS (board room)

Date: Monday, April 15, 2019

Time: 9:00a

Purpose: To remember and honor first responders, volunteers, survivors, and family members and encourage preparedness

The public is welcome to join the board and special guest, Mayor Dale Danks, along with the National Weather Service, who will both give remarks and share their remembrances of the events surrounding this historic flood event.

The Easter Flood of 1979

The 1979 Easter flood was among the most costly and devastating floods ever to occur in Mississippi, with $500-700 million in damages. This is an approximate equivalent to $1.73 billion in present day.

Due to the Pearl River being overwhelmed by severe rain upstream. Floodwaters sent the Pearl 15 feet above flood stage. More than 17,000 residents of Jackson, Flowood, Pearl, Richland and other communities were forced from their homes. The flooding of the Pearl River placed most of Jackson, Mississippi’s capital, under water.

For additional information about this press release please contact Ricky Moore, Hinds County Emergency Management Director at 601-968-6771 or email:  rmoore@co.hinds.ms.us.

About Hinds County

Hinds County’s Board of Supervisors is extremely proud of the improvements that are occurring in our great county. Hinds County has so much to offer its approximately 250,000 residents and the hundreds of thousands of visitors whom we greet each year. From the fast-paced, emerging, revitalized downtown district of the State’s capital city to the charming, peaceful, fields of the countryside, our county has a variety of things to peak your interests. Hinds County has a rich, southern history with a bright, diverse future and is an outstanding place to live, work, play, and raise a family.

Experience Hinds County for yourself and find out why we are Absolutely, More Than Just a Place…! Visit us at www.hindscountyms.com and connect with us @hindscountyms on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  

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