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Flooding less severe than expected in Mississippi capital

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  • Hinds County Emergency Management Operations deputy director Tracy Funches, right, and operations coordinator Luke Chennault, wade through flood waters in northeast Jackson, Miss., Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, as they check water levels. Flooding affected a number neighborhoods that are near the Pearl River.


    Hinds County Emergency Management Operations deputy director Tracy Funches, right, and operations coordinator Luke Chennault, wade through flood waters in northeast Jackson, Miss., Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, as they check water levels. Flooding affected a number neighborhoods that are near the Pearl River.
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  • Floodwaters covered the streets in some parts of the North Canton Circle neighborhood of Jackson, Miss., on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022.


    Floodwaters covered the streets in some parts of the North Canton Circle neighborhood of Jackson, Miss., on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022.
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  • Residents in the North Canton Circle neighborhood of Jackson, Miss., on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, were advised to evacuate from impending floodwaters. Some moved out all of their possessions in U-Haul trucks or cars.


    Residents in the North Canton Circle neighborhood of Jackson, Miss., on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, were advised to evacuate from impending floodwaters. Some moved out all of their possessions in U-Haul trucks or cars.
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  • Hinds County Emergency Management Operations deputy director Tracy Funches, uses a special yardstick to check flood levels in a northeast Jackson, Miss., neighborhood, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Flooding affected a number of neighborhoods that are near the Pearl River.


    Hinds County Emergency Management Operations deputy director Tracy Funches, uses a special yardstick to check flood levels in a northeast Jackson, Miss., neighborhood, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Flooding affected a number of neighborhoods that are near the Pearl River.
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  • Hinds County Emergency Management Operations deputy director Tracy Funches, checks flood levels in a northeast Jackson, Miss., neighborhood, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Flooding affected a number of neighborhoods that are near the Pearl River.


    Hinds County Emergency Management Operations deputy director Tracy Funches, checks flood levels in a northeast Jackson, Miss., neighborhood, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Flooding affected a number of neighborhoods that are near the Pearl River.
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  • An SUV rests in flood waters in this northeast Jackson, Miss., neighborhood, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Flooding affected a number neighborhoods that are near the Pearl River.


    An SUV rests in flood waters in this northeast Jackson, Miss., neighborhood, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Flooding affected a number neighborhoods that are near the Pearl River.
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  • A sedan rests in flood waters in this northeast Jackson, Miss., neighborhood, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Flooding affected a number neighborhoods that are near the Pearl River.


    A sedan rests in flood waters in this northeast Jackson, Miss., neighborhood, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Flooding affected a number neighborhoods that are near the Pearl River.
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  • Debris laden flood waters surround this mailbox in a northeast Jackson, Miss., neighborhood, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Flooding affected a number neighborhoods that are near the Pearl River.


    Debris laden flood waters surround this mailbox in a northeast Jackson, Miss., neighborhood, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Flooding affected a number neighborhoods that are near the Pearl River.
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  • Flood water from the Pearl River covered the parking lot at the Mississippi Basketball and Athletics Complex on Westbrook Road in northeast Jackson, Miss., Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Although the waters were receding during the day, a couple of feet of water still covered streets in areas near the river or one of its back flow tributaries that flooded some homes.


    Flood water from the Pearl River covered the parking lot at the Mississippi Basketball and Athletics Complex on Westbrook Road in northeast Jackson, Miss., Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Although the waters were receding during the day, a couple of feet of water still covered streets in areas near the river or one of its back flow tributaries that flooded some homes.
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  • A gaggle of geese took advantage of the receding Pearl River flood waters to feast on small fish and worms deposited on athletic fields on Westbrook Road in northeast Jackson, Miss., Monday, Aug. 29, 2022.


    A gaggle of geese took advantage of the receding Pearl River flood waters to feast on small fish and worms deposited on athletic fields on Westbrook Road in northeast Jackson, Miss., Monday, Aug. 29, 2022.
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  • Residents lined their doors and garages with sandbags to block the water in the North Canton Circle neighborhood of Jackson, Miss., on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Officials said they deployed 126,000 sandbags act as water barriers.


    Residents lined their doors and garages with sandbags to block the water in the North Canton Circle neighborhood of Jackson, Miss., on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Officials said they deployed 126,000 sandbags act as water barriers.
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  • A serene river scene masks the underwater road along Westbrook Road in northeast Jackson, Miss., Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Although the waters were receding during the day, a couple of feet of water still covered parts of the road. Flooding affected a number of neighborhoods that are near the Pearl River.


    A serene river scene masks the underwater road along Westbrook Road in northeast Jackson, Miss., Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Although the waters were receding during the day, a couple of feet of water still covered parts of the road. Flooding affected a number of neighborhoods that are near the Pearl River.
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  • Rocky Shack, an outreach pastor with Christ United Church, checks in with residents of Jackson's North Canton Club Circle neighborhood on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Shack said the church was looking for residents in need of assistance as floodwaters filled some streets in the neighborhood. Location: Jackson, Miss Photographer:


    Rocky Shack, an outreach pastor with Christ United Church, checks in with residents of Jackson’s North Canton Club Circle neighborhood on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Shack said the church was looking for residents in need of assistance as floodwaters filled some streets in the neighborhood. Location: Jackson, Miss Photographer:
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  • Sonya Walton, 57, was moving all of her possessions out of her North Canton Circle rental home Monday, Aug. 29, 2022 in Jackson, Miss. Walton is disabled and wheelchair bound. When the flood warnings first arrived, she wondered whether family members would be able to reach her. Her son and a family friend were helping her pack Monday. She does not know where she will sleep Monday evening.


    Sonya Walton, 57, was moving all of her possessions out of her North Canton Circle rental home Monday, Aug. 29, 2022 in Jackson, Miss. Walton is disabled and wheelchair bound. When the flood warnings first arrived, she wondered whether family members would be able to reach her. Her son and a family friend were helping her pack Monday. She does not know where she will sleep Monday evening.
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  • JACKSON, Miss. — A swollen Pearl River flooded streets and at least one home in Mississippi’s capital city Monday, days after storms dumped heavy rain, but water levels were starting to recede.

    Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said the water did not rise as high as expected. Earlier projections showed about 100 to 150 buildings in the Jackson area faced the possibility of flooding.

    ‘We thank the Lord most of all for sparing so many of our residents,” Lumumba said during a news conference with emergency officials.

    The National Weather Service said the Pearl River had crested at about 35.4 feet (10.8 meters). That is short of the major flood stage level of 36 feet (10.97 meters).

    Some Jackson residents started moving furniture and appliances out of their homes late last week, and others stocked up on sandbags.

    Two years ago, torrential rain caused the Pearl River to reach 36.7 feet (11.2 meters) and Jackson homes in the hardest-hit neighborhoods were filled with dirty, snake-infested floodwaters.

    Suzannah Thames owns a three-bedroom rental home in northeast Jackson that flooded with about 3 feet (0.9 meter) of water in 2020. Thames hired a crew to move appliances, furniture and other belongings out of the home Friday. She said Monday that the home flooded with about 3 to 4 inches inches (7.6 to 10.2 centimeters) of water late Sunday.

    ‘I thought it was going to be a lot worse,’ Thames said. ‘I feel very fortunate. I feel very blessed.’

    Andre Warner, 54, said Monday that his family had put all their furniture up on cinderblocks inside their home to prepare for possible flooding in another northeast Jackson neighborhood.


            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            

     

    Warner said the family had to leave home for two weeks during the 2020 flood. Water did not enter their house then, but electricity was off in their neighborhood because other homes were inundated.

    ‘We had to wait for it to drain and dry out for them to cut the grid back on,’ Warner said.

    Jackson has had problems for years with the quality of its drinking water. The city has been under a boil-water notice since late July because tests found a cloudy quality to the water that could lead to health problems.

    Lumumba said Monday that flooding has created additional problems at a water-treatment plant, causing low water pressure that could last a few days.

    ‘What I liken it to is if you were drinking out of a Styrofoam cup, someone puts a hole in the bottom of it, you’re steady trying to fill it while it’s steady running out at the bottom,’ Lumumba said.

    Legislative leaders reacted with alarm to Jackson’s latest water system problems.

    ‘We have grave concerns for citizens’ health and safety,’ Republican Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann said in a statement Monday, suggesting the state take a role in trying to solve the issue.

            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            

     

    The Republican House speaker, Philip Gunn, said he has been contacted by hospitals, businesses and schools ‘pleading that something be done to address the water crisis in Jackson.’

    A bridge crossing the Pearl River near downtown Jackson was closed because of high water. Trees were partly submerged and power lines shook in the strong current Monday. Soccer fields in northeast Jackson were covered with several inches of water, where geese floated. In nearby neighborhoods, some vehicles were partially submerged.

    The Mississippi flooding was less severe than flooding that caused death and destruction in Kentucky last month. Those floods left at least 39 dead and robbed thousands of families of all of their possessions. Nearly a month later, residents are wrestling with whether to rebuild at the place they call home or to start over somewhere else.

            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            



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