Pearl River Updates -Latest Updated, 2-16-20, 7:00 p.m.

To view the Pearl River’s Current Water Levels, Click Here for Pearl River Water Levels

To view projected models of where flooding is expected to occur, and at what stage, Click for projected models of flooding

Latest information on the crest; Now project at 37.5 feet.   This  0.5’ lower than originally expected, but that doesn’t mean the impacts change.  This will still be a historic flood that will affect thousands.  

⚠️ WATER WILL NOW RAPIDLY RISE ⚠️ (**Please Share**) The Spillway is now quickly increasing it’s outflow as of 6 PM Saturday (2-15-2020) to prevent the Reservoir from reaching 300 feet (it will reach 80,000 cubic ft/sec by sunrise). The Pearl River will rise by TWO FEET over the next 12-18 hours.

Significantly higher water will be quickly noticeable in Northeast Jackson, Lakeland, and Old Fannin neighborhoods according to the Pearl River Valley Supply. Downtown Jackson, Richland, and Byram will likely not see higher waters until early Sunday morning. This is your last chance to evacuate before your home is surrounded by water!!!

Estimated flood zone maps for all streets (based on 1980s data, so water may be higher or lower than expected). Exact inundation remains unknown so please follow exact recommendations from your local emergency and police officers.
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Governor Tate Reeves Declares State of Emergency for Pearl River Flooding

JACKSON — Today, Governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency in response to flooding in Central Mississippi around the Pearl River. Coordinating with federal, state, and local partners, first responders and resources are on standby to be deployed for an immediate response.

“This is a historic flood. With projections showing the potential of this being the third worst flood in Mississippi history, I have declared a state of emergency to deploy the necessary resources to take care of all Mississippians impacted. I encourage everyone out there to prepare. Have a plan to protect yourself and your loved ones.” said Governor Tate Reeves.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY:

Multiple closures underway in Hinds County in anticipation of flooding

 JACKSON, MISS.—In anticipation of Pearl River flooding, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced several closures in Hinds County.

Following the Governor’s briefing of additional water at the Pearl River Water Supply District, it was determined to implement several road and lane closures today, February 15, 2020.

Closures associated with the State Street closure between U.S. Highway 80 and Gallatin Street in Jackson include:

·         I-20 westbound at Exit 45B (Ramp to State Street)

·         I-20 eastbound at Exit 45 (Ramp to Gallatin/State Street will be left open for time being)

·         I-55 northbound at Exit 92B (Ramp to State/Gallatin Street)

·         US 80 westbound at Exit Ramp to State Street

·         US 80 eastbound at Exit Ramp to State Street

·         State Street southbound will be closed at Highway 80

 In addition, the outside lane of I-55 northbound and southbound, and potentially the center lane, to close between McDowell Road and Daniel Lake, along with the following closures:

·         Daniel Lake Entrance Ramp to I-55 north

·         I-55 south Daniel Lake Exit Ramp

·         West Frontage Road (between McDowell Road and Daniel Lake)

·         East Frontage Road (between Savanna Street and McDowell Road)

 “MDOT forces have staged traffic control devices in areas we anticipate will encounter potential flooding,” said Central Transportation Commissioner Willie Simmons. “These closures are in place to ensure the safety of motorists that may encounter flooded areas in the event the roads are overtopped in the State Street/Gallatin Street area or over I-55 near Daniel Lake.”

Dynamic message boards and changeable message boards are staged ahead of closures to alert motorists of road conditions. MDOT Enforcement officers are providing support in closure staging, ramp closures and road closures.

View safety tips for driving in severe weather and flood conditions at GoMDOT.com/drivesmartms.

Check conditions prior to traveling at www.MDOTtraffic.com, download the MDOT Traffic mobile app and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter for current travel information.

Information from the City of Jackson:

The City of Jackson has issued a precautionary boil-water advisory for the entire city, including Downtown Jackson.

A water sample taken on January 28, 2020 showed a high turbidity level due to the amount of restricted water being brought into the plant, resulting in low operating levels. Turbidity refers to the cloudiness in the water.

As nothing has been detected in the water, the City has issued a city-wide precautionary boil-water advisory until proof of compliance for turbidity levels has been submitted and approved by the Mississippi State Department of Health.

Until further notice, please follow these precautions:

  • Tap water should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute for cooking or baking, making ice cubes, taking medication, brushing teeth, washing food, mixing baby formula or food, mixing juices or drinks, feeding pets, washing dishes and all other consumption.
  • During an advisory, do not use water from any appliance connected to your water lines, including water and ice dispensers in your refrigerator, freezer, and dish washer.

For more information call 601.960.2723 during business hours, or after 4pm and on weekends call 601.960.1778.

Some areas within the City of Jackson have been placed under a MANDATORY EVACUATION due to the risk of severe flooding. Citizens who live in low-lying areas should take precautions to leave their residence no later than February 15, 2020. Sandbags are available for pick  at 4225 Michael Avalon Street, Jackson, MS 39213.

Areas affected by flooding this weekend include but are not limited to:
Upper Northeast Jackson
Westbrook Road
River Road
Parts of Eastover
S. West Street
Hightower
Silas Brown
Purple Creek
Town Creek

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