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Mississippi braces for floods as Pearl River hits 37-year highwater mark


Added 02-16-20 01:10:04pm EST - “Mississippi urged thousands of people in the Pearl River flood plain to evacuate...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Mississippi braces for floods as Pearl River hits 37-year highwater mark”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

(Reuters) - Mississippi urged thousands of people in the Pearl River flood plain to evacuate as the river reached its highest level in 37 years near the state capital on Sunday and was not expected to recede for days.

Governor Tate Reeves had declared a state of emergency on Saturday as managers of the Ross Barnett Reservoir just upstream from the state capital of Jackson warned they had to start releasing more water into the Pearl River because it had reached capacity.

“It will be days before we are out of the woods and the waters start to recede,” Reeves told a news conference. “This is a precarious situation that could turn at any moment.”

Officials held off draining the reservoir in order to allow people downstream to prepare. Now they will attempt to release as much water from the reservoir as possible before forecast rains begin anew on Tuesday and Wednesday, Reeves said.

Some 2,000 buildings including 1,000 homes were likely to be affected by the third highest level for the Pearl River on record, Reeves said.

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