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MDOT recommending communities prepare for potential flooding

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is monitoring potential flooding as a result of the high water level of the Mississippi River and its surrounding tributaries.

MDOT is coordinating with officials to asses potential road closures in all areas that could be affected in Issaquena, Warren, Wilkinson and Yazoo Counties.

Flooding is a top weather related killer.

Most flood deaths occur at night when people become trapped in a stalled vehicle in a flooded area.

Following these safety measures can help ensure you and your family’s safety on flooded roadways:

  • Avoid already flooded areas. A flowing stream can carry a vehicle downstream.
  • Never drive through a flooded area. Always remember to TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!
  • If you are driving at night, be especially cautious as it is harder to recognize flood conditions.
  • Never drive around a barricaded road.
  • If your vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground. Rising water can engulf a vehicle and its occupants.

Currently, MDOT crews are preparing to close two roads expected to be impacted by the rising water: SR 465 in Warren County, and US 149/SR 16 in Yazoo County from the Whittington West Levee Road to the boat ramp entrance at Wolf Lake.

The closures will be made when necessary in early January and remain in place until further notice.

MDOT crews will continue to monitor the potential for flooding and maintain the safety of motorists in the affected counties.

The public is asked to report flooded roadways that could impact travel to local law enforcement agencies. For the most current travel and road conditions, visit www.MDOTtraffic.com, download the MDOT Traffic mobile app in the App Store or Google Play store or call 511.+

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