Massive Flooding in the Magnolia State: MEMA Damage Reports, Response to Rising Waters

PEARL – 41 Mississippi counties are reporting damage of some sort after heavy rains and flooding have blanketed the state. There are no injuries or deaths being reported but two fishermen are still missing in Claiborne County. Initial damage reports show 95 homes with major damage, 277 with minor damage with assessments still ongoing.

The National Weather Service says flooding can still be a problem through Sunday, and even then, rivers and streams will continue to crest, so stay aware of the water levels and rain expected.

If you see water across the road, do not drive through it. Turn around, don’t drown.

Currently 9 shelters are open that are supported by the Mississippi Department of Human Services and the American Red Cross:

  • Bolivar County: Mound Bayou Community Center.
  • Madison County: Priestly Chapel MB Church in Canton.
  • Washington County: County Convention Center in Greenville.
  • Coahoma County: Clarksdale Civic Center.
  • Forrest County: 361 Shelter in Hattiesburg.
  • Jones County: 361 Shelter in Laurel.
  • Pearl River County: 361 Shelter in Picayune.
  • Clarke County: Shubuta Volunteer Fire Dept.
  • Marion County: Springhill Baptist Church in Sandy Hook (Independent Shelter).

 

Securing Mississippi during this flooding event is a multi-agency effort. So far, MEMA has distributed 255,00 sandbags, over 7,000 bottles of water, nearly 1,200 MREs, and 150 tarps.

In response to Governor Bryant’s call, the Mississippi Army National Guard has been established in Forrest, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, and Pearl River counties. 120 troops are working in assistance there.  

The Mid-Mississippi Strike Team is responsible for 3 rescue boat teams deployed to Pearl River Co., and 5 rescue boat teams deployed to Forrest Co.

MDEQ is assessing a dam issue at Lake Tiak-O’Khata in Winston County.

If you want to join the efforts in helping those impacted by the flooding, contact the MS Commission Volunteer Service to donate or register to volunteer: www.msdisasterresponse.org

 

Here is the most updated list of damage and closures provided by MEMA:

County storm reports (41):

  • Bolivar: Several homes flooded. Several roads closed due to flooding and two roads closed due to damage. Requesting 5K sandbags; MEMA Logistics coordinating.
  • Claiborne: Two fishermen are missing on the Mississippi River. Roads closed due to flooding.
  • Clarke: County EMA building flooded, two homes and 25 roads affected in Quitman.
  • Coahoma: 70 homes and one business with major damage.
  • DeSoto: 12 houses flooded/inaccessible, 2 swift water rescues, 9 roads closed.
  • Forrest: 11 homes affected, three roads closed.
  • Greene: Flash flooding.
  • Harrison: Sandbags available and shelters on stand-by.
  • Hancock: Sandbags distributed and shelters on stand-by.
  • Hinds: Five homes affected and five roads closed due to flooding.
  • Jackson: Sandbagging and shelters on stand-by.
  • Jefferson Davis: Flash flooding of roads and house fire due to lightning.
  • Jones: 20 homes with major damage and two businesses minor damage.
  • Lamar: Widespread flash flooding.
  • Lawrence: Several roads flooded.
  • Leake: Widespread flash flooding, several roads damaged.
  • Lincoln: Several roads closed due to flooding.
  • Marion: 25 homes and 35 roads affected by flooding.
  • Madison: Several roads affected by flash flooding.
  • Marshall: Flooding in the Barton and North Red Banks areas. A few homes are affected due to roads being inaccessible. Eight people displaced. Five roads closed due to flooding.
  • Panola: 45 homes and 25 roads affected, one levee breach.
  • Pearl River: 15 homes affected, 30 roads closed.
  • Perry: Roads flooded and damaged.
  • Pike: Swift water rescues, numerous roads, culverts and bridges washed out.
  • Quitman: 45 homes affected and 15 roads closed due to flooding.
  • Rankin: Flash flooding of roads.
  • Simpson: Flash flooding.
  • Smith: One home major damage due to EF-0 tornado in Raleigh. Major fire extinguished at the Georgia Pacific particleboard facility in Taylorsville.
  • Sunflower: Inverness Elementary School has major roof damage. Damage to a home in Inverness due to a tree falling. Five homes in Indianola at risk of flooding, with sandbagging operations ongoing 10-12 homes in city of Drew have flood damage.
  • Tallahatchie: Three homes and five roads affected by flooding.
  • Tate: Six homes and roads affected by flooding.
  • Tunica: 98 homes and roads affected by flooding.
  • Tallahatchie: Five roads closed due to flooding, three homes affected near Tutwiler.
  • Tate: Three homes affected, eight residents displaced, water damage to county courthouse and administration building, 19 roads closed.
  • Tunica: 59 homes damaged, 39 homes affected, roads damaged, 245 people displaced.
  • Walthall: Swift water rescue, numerous roads flooded.
  • Warren: One home and roads flooded, numerous trees down, landslide at Hwy 80 and Thorn Hill Dr.
  • Washington: Approximately 100 people displaced, expecting numbers to climb (MDHS and Red Cross have been notified and are coordinating with County EMA).
  • Wayne: Six apartments flooded, 11 roads damaged, one bridge destroyed and one non-profit major damage.
  • Wilkinson: Mobile home damaged, flooding in northwest part of county.
  • Yazoo: Minor road flooding in Yazoo City.

 

MDOT road report by County:

Bolivar County

MS 446 westbound at Shaw-Skene Road west of Boyle

Claiborne County

US 61 northbound near the Natchez Trace south of Port Gibson (CLOSED)

Clarke County

MS 512 at MS 18 (CLOSED)

DeSoto County      

US 61 one mile north of Star Landing Road in Walls (CLOSED)

US 61 northbound at Star Landing Road (CLOSED)

Forrest County

US 49 NB at Rawls Springs Road in Forrest County (CLOSED)

Jones County

MS 588 west of the Leaf River Bridge.

Lamar County

MS 589 at Black Creek (CLOSED)

Madison County

MS 22 eastbound past Spring Creek Road west of Flora

Marion County

MS 43 between SR 13 and Old River Road south to the Pearl River County line (closed)

MS 587 north of Foxworth

Quitman County

MS 315 at MS 3 in Sledge

Simpson County

SR 149 at Dabbs Creek

Sunflower County

MS 32 at 1 mile east of US 49 West in both directions

Tate County

US 51 at Coldwater Bridge (CLOSED)

Walthall County

MS 35 at MDOT scale house near LA state line south of Columbia

MS 35 at 35 Diner south of Columbia

MS 48 at Walker’s Bridge at the Walthall/Pike County line

MS 27 northbound between Ginn Road and Dillons Bridge Road (CLOSED)

Warren County

MS 822 (Old Highway 80) approximately three miles west of MS 27 (CLOSED)