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Jackson prepares for flooding impacts

The city of Jackson is preparing for the impacts of flooding from the Pearl River after Sunday night’s heavy rainfall.

There is a Flood Warning for the Pearl River in Jackson until further notice.  At 10:30 am Monday, April 3 the stage was at 26.8 feet.  The current stage is 28.0 feet.  The river will rise to nearly 32.5 feet by early Thursday morning.  

This crest compares to a previous crest of 31.6 feet on February 6, 2016.  At 32.0 feet, impact may cause water to affect businesses on South President and South Farish Streets as well as flooding on Sidney Street.  At 31.0 feet, impact may cause approaches to additional homes and businesses in the Byram area.  

At 30.0 feet, impact may cause water backups into several creeks and streams in the Jackson area, as well as water under homes near the Pearl River in the Byram area.

Marty Pope, hydrologist for the National Weather Service, tells News Mississippi that heavy flooding in Pelahatchie is pushing water into the Ross Barnett Reservoir, which will be pushed downstream of the Pearl through the Spillway.

“We’re still watching what’s going to happen in Jackson,” said Pope. “Right now, it’s on the edge of minor to moderate flooding.”

News Mississippi will continue to follow the flood stages along the Pearl River.

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