Storm update: Flooding remains a threat

Published 1:24 pm Wednesday, April 10, 2024

BROOKHAVEN — While the severe storm threats have passed through Lincoln County, flooding threats remain. The National Weather Service in Jackson warns of the enhanced flood risk Lincoln County and other counties in Southwest Mississippi are in.

A multi-day rain event could dump anywhere between 2 to five inches of rain on Lincoln County. The Bogue Chitto River and Bayou Pierre are two local bodies of water which could experience flooding. Excessive runoff following the heavy rainfall could cause flooding of rivers, creeks, streams and low lying areas. Extensive street flooding is possible according to NWS Jackson. Lincoln County is currently under a flood watch.

“You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued,” NWS Jackson states.

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At this time, NWS Jackson states there have been 2 to 3 inches of rainfall in Brookhaven Wednesday. The weather observation at Jackson, Hawkins Field reports 3.52 inches of rain have fallen in the last 24 hours. The rainfall from Jackson will likely make its way down the Pearl River.

NWS Jackson issued a flood warning for Lawrence County at 11:38 a.m. Moderate flooding is forecast for the Pearl River near Monticello. At 25 feet, water begins to flood lower portions of Cooper’s Ferry Park in Monticello. The river stage Tuesday is at 9 feet and expected to rise. NWS Jackson forecasts the river will rise to 25.5 feet by Saturday afternoon.  The Pearl River near Monticello is expected to rise above flood stage at 22 feet by Thursday evening and continuing to 24.8 feet Friday.