Jackson Braced for Flooding as Pearl River Rises

Residents in several areas of Jackson, Mississippi, should be prepared to evacuate, officials said, after heavy rain raised the level of the Pearl River, which was expected to crest on August 29, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said.

Footage by Twitter user Austin Barbour shows a baseball field at Jackson Academy partly submerged by floodwater on Saturday, August 27.

According to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency the river was expected to crest at 36 feet on Monday.

Local media reported the last time the Pearl River crested at 36 feet was in February 2020, flooding more than 500 homes across the city.

Mississippi Gov Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency for areas affected by the flooding and warned residents to take “precautions” and “evacuate if necessary”. Credit: Austin Barbour via Storyful

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