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The Pearl River reaches flood stage at Jackson

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

If it feels like it's been raining all month long, you're almost right. Out of 16 days in January, it has rained 12 of them. And based on the water now on the ground, the National Weather Service is projecting the Pearl River at Jackson will go at least three feet above flood stage by the 21st.

The river does very little damage at those levels, but it does affect people like 69 year old Danny Petty and several other families who live on Rosemary Road, just east of Terry in Hinds County.

"If it goes to 31 feet, I more than likely will have to move out," said Petty. "If I stay I would have to come in by boat and that's just not an acceptable thing."

The predictions on the Pearl River come from river expert Marty Pope at the Jackson office of the National Weather Service.

We are looking at a crest of around 31 feet by Monday. But that is based on water on the ground. That's based on water on the ground," said Pope.  "thirty-one feet will actually give us some issues down around Byram and in the southern parts of Jackson, and with those that live along the river in low lying areas along the Pearl.>

The river has to rise to above 33 feet to start putting water in buildings in Jackson and 34 or 35 feet to go into the streets of northeast Jackson near the river.

The outflow from the spillway gates at the Barnett Reservoir is now just over 27,000 cubic feet per second.   The problem is they have got to take it up to 29,800 cubic feet per second by the 20th of January.

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