Get ready for Barry’s deluge

Published 8:42 pm Friday, July 12, 2019

If Southwest Mississippi gets the amount of rain meteorologists are expecting, flooding will likely be a problem in some areas.

Tropical Storm Barry — which may make landfall as a hurricane — could dump as much as 15 inches of rain in the area. That much water will cause widespread flash flooding and water rescues may be needed, according to the National Weather Service.

Lincoln County Emergency Manager Clifford Galey is hoping no one has to be rescued because of floodwaters, and he’s encouraging people in low areas to get out before the water arrives.

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“If you live in a low-lying area that when we get a hard rain it floods, you might want to think about looking at it and leaving before that happens so we don’t have to come rescue you,” he said.

Another worry will be flooded streets. Several roads in Brookhaven and  Lincoln County are prone to flooding. If you see water on the road, but can’t see the asphalt below, don’t cross it.

Just 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away most cars and just 2 feet of rushing water can carry away SUVs and trucks.

More deaths occur due to flooding than another other storm-related hazard.

Though the storm is approaching, there may still be time to put together a disaster kit.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency suggests creating a three- to five-day disaster supply kit that should contain:

• Flashlight and battery-powered radio with additional batteries.

• Canned and non-perishable food.

• Bottled water.

• Toiletry items.

• Pet food and pet supplies.

• Medicine and prescription medication.

• Copies of important family papers and documents.