EVACUATIONS IN JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI AS MAJOR FLOOD THREATENS

The Pearl River, which flanks the east side of Jackson and runs near downtown, rose to its third highest level in recorded history — bypassing the prior record of 36.3 feet set by floods in 1902 and 1880. As of Sunday afternoon, the river was at 36.44 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

Residents were bracing for possibly historic flooding in Jackson. The flooding is expected to affect about 2,500 structures, including 1,000 homes, said Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves.  

Reeves declared a state of emergency for the “historic” disaster Saturday, urging people to “get out while you can.”

With water rising slower than initially projected, the worst is yet to come. The river is expected to crest Monday morning at 37.5 to 38 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

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