Heavy rains cause flash flooding

Published 10:13 am Friday, March 11, 2016

Photo by Luke Horton / A woman crosses Whitworth Avenue during heavy rainfall Friday morning.

Photo by Luke Horton / A woman crosses Whitworth Avenue during heavy rainfall Friday morning.

Lincoln County saw 4.5 inches of rain in the past 24 hours, and  Lincoln County Emergency Management Coordinator Clifford Galey said the area can expect another two or three inches before Sunday.

Lincoln County — and several surrounding counties — remained under a flash flood warning until 1 p.m. today.

Galey said there was enough rain to cause low-lying roads throughout the county to flood. He did not have list of flooded roads as of press time.

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He said driving on those roads would be dangerous.

“You can’t tell how much water’s there, and you don’t know if there’s anything worse underneath it,” Galey said. “The safest thing is do not go through it. Turn around and go another way. If you see water in the road, slow down, turn around and don’t drown.”

In Lawrence County, the sheriff’s office said the following roads were unsafe for travel today:

• Excel Boyd Road in Jayess

• River Road in Arm

• Hammond Road in Jayess

• Hoover Hammond Road in Jayess

• Frog Ridge Road in Jayess

• James Carr Road in Monticello

• Duckworth Road in Sontag

• Cooper Creek Bridge in Monticello

• Malcolm Road in Sontag

• Rutland Road in Jayess

The director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says about 100 people have been evacuated in the Delta because of severe weather, The Associated Press reported.

Lee Smithson said heavy rain Thursday has mostly passed the Delta, but the Gulf Coast could still receive up to 10 inches of rain and should expect some flooding.

He says coastal tides could be three feet above normal. Creeks were rising in the Jackson area.

Gov. Phil Bryant is mobilizing National Guard troops to help with high-water rescues around the state.

The severe weather is also hampering the search for two fishermen who went missing Wednesday on the Mississippi River.

Claiborne County Sheriff Frank Davis said search-and-rescue teams looked for the men Thursday but returned because of the heavy rain and floods. The search will continue today.