Lots of rain, flooding, but no damage reported from storms in Lincoln County

Published 10:00 am Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Other than some flooded roads and fallen limbs, no damage was reported from the storm system that moved through Lincoln County Tuesday.

Emergency Management Director Chris Reid said the county rain gauge recorded 5 inches of rainfall.

Two deaths have been attributed to the storm system that began in Texas and Oklahoma Monday and moved east and north to South Carolina. The fatalities were reported in Texas, and New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Tornados hit parts of Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Alabama, causing severe damage and injuries to multiple people. Flash flooding occurred over much of the affected areas.

Two injuries in Mississippi were reported to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency as of Wednesday morning, one each in Copiah and Holmes counties. Twelve counties reported damage to homes — Copiah, Jefferson, Adams, Attala, Clay, Hinds, Holmes, Kemper, Madison, Smith, Warren and Yazoo.

MEMA encourages residents who sustained damage to their homes to report it using the agency’s self-report tool.

The report is not an application for financial assistance but provides information to the counties. MEMA is providing tarps and drone assistance to requesting counties.

Fewer than 50 customers remained without power Wednesday morning in Lincoln, Lawrence, Franklin, Copiah, Pike, Amite and Walthall counties combined. More than 85 in Jefferson County remained without electricity, according to PowerOutage.us. More than 8,600 customers statewide were without power.

MEMA encourages anyone without power to keep freezers and refrigerators closed; use generators only outdoors and away from windows; disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges; and have alternate plans to refrigerate medicines or use power-dependent medical devices.


The Associated Press contributed to this story.