Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr. held a press conference detailing the City’s preparations for approaching inclement weather and possible flooding.
The National Weather Service predicts between 3 to 5 inches of heavy rain over the next few days. According to the National Weather Service’s website, the Pearl River is currently at 18 feet. If it reaches the flood stage of 28 feet, the river could cause creeks to drain much slower which could contribute to flooding in certain areas.
Public Works’ crews are currently focused on cleaning storm drain inlets, clearing ditches and creeks to prevent blockages that may cause flooding. During the storm, City crews will be on the lookout for debris in public rights-of-way that may contribute to flash flooding. Crews will also unclog drains and outlets during the downpour when the situation becomes safe to do so.
Mayor Johnson encourages residents to sweep and properly dispose of any yard debris or leaves to reduce the chance of inlets being blocked. Motorists should avoid driving through flooded streets and steer clear of fallen trees and power lines.
Residents may report flooding, clogged storm drains or any other non-emergency damage by calling 3-1-1 or 601-960-1875 after hours.