Pearl River flood crest holds steady - - Jackson, MS

Pearl River flood crest holds steady

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Wednesday afternoon the flood waters of the Pearl River were just under 34 feet. The river is expected to rise another foot and a half before it's all over.

State officials say that's good news for residents in the metro, because it will keep this flood in the moderate range and out of homes.

"We are fortunate that the rain has stopped and in the Pearl River basin and we feel like with the assistance of the Pearl River Valley at the reservoir, we'll be able to maintain that 35.5," said Governor Phil Bryant.

The Hightower neighborhood, off south Gallatin Street, is historically one of the first to go under. Water is in the streets already, but residents are expected to stay high and dry.

Pear River Valley Water Supply District Director John Sigman said,

"I say it's good news," said Pearl River Valley Water Supply District Director John Sigman. "Now it's in the streets, it's around their houses but not actually in their houses. Through our work with the weather service we've been able to figure out how much we can release and not get into their houses, and were releasing every drop we can."

The downtown Jackson YMCA, on East River Place, was closed after nearly a foot of water crossed the road.

Sandbagging was also underway at some nearby businesses, as more water was expected to spill in over the next day. State officials say it will all drain away slowly.

"With the rain coming in next week, the river is still going to remain very high," said State Hydrologist Marty Pope. "Even if you evacuate enough out of the reservoir, it will still be a big threat for a long time."

Residents who could be effected by flooding are urged to have an evacuation plan, and to stay out of the floodwaters, which have already claimed the life of a Yazoo City girl Monday.

Wildlife officials say also be on the lookout for displaced wildlife, and don't approach them, because they're already stressed from having to evacuate to higher ground.

State officials will be monitoring the weather next week that could effect how slowly the water falls. They're expecting thunderstorms on Monday.

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