Flooding rescues happening in North MS as EMA Director warns to “evacuate early”

There have been water rescues already in Bruce on Wednesday with a Flash Flood Warning in place ahead of a second round of storms set to hit the area on Wednesday.

The Calhoun County Sheriffs Department confirmed water rescues have already had to take place.

From Calhoun County EMA Director Randy Skinner:

“To all the ones in afected areas right now, we do have another line of systems coming through. Evacuate early, don’t wait. Water is a silent killer.”

Skinner said that status of the Yalobusha River currently is the cause of the flooding.

From the NWS:

…FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 315 PM CST THIS AFTERNOON…* WHAT…Flooding caused by excessive rainfall is expected.

* WHERE…A portion of North Mississippi, including the following counties, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Lee, Pontotoc and Yalobusha. * WHEN…Until 315 PM CST.

* IMPACTS…Flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations is imminent or occurring. Local media have reported water rescues.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS… – At 1212 PM CST, Emergency management reported heavy rain in the warned area due to thunderstorms. Flooding is already occurring. Between 3 and 5 inches of rain have fallen. – Some locations that will experience flooding include… Bruce, Calhoun City, Pittsboro, Houlka, Troy, New Houlka, Algoma, Reid, Loyd, Matthews, Robbs, Thorn, Thelma, Wallfield, Shepherd, Ellard, Parkersburg, Skuna, Bounds and Van Vleet. –

http://www.weather.gov/safety/flood PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Stay away or be swept away. River banks and culverts can become unstable and unsafe.

Jon Ross Myers

Jon Ross Myers is the executive editor and publisher of the Mississippi News Network, Mississippi's largest digital only media company. He can be reached at editor@tippahnews.com

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