Stonewall, Miss. Nearly one week after floods devastated counties across Mississippi, the area once again braces itself for another flooding potential. The Pearl River in Philadelphia has been near flood stage since Saturday and by Wednesday could be sitting near 15 feet, which is just one foot below moderate stage. About 60 miles south of Philadelphia lies Clarke County, which is preparing itself for another flooding event from the Chickasawhay. According to Clarke County EMA Director Eddie Ivy, although not as bad as last weeks flood, the potential is still there for problems.
"There's a flood warning for the Chickasawhay from Enterprise on through Shubuta just like we had last week and we'll be watching that," said Ivy. "Right now it's about 17 feet and rising with a predicted crest of about 30 feet on Wednesday. We'll be watching that to see what that does. 30 feet's not going to be near like what we had last week, so we shouldn't have as many roads as affected."
With already saturated soils and areas still recovering from early last weeks floods, it's important to remember to always be prepared for events like this. No matter whether you live near the Pearl River in Philadelphia or throughout Clarke County near the Chickasawhay River.
"With the rainfall that we're expected to receive later today and tonight, the flash flooding potential is in the low lying areas of the streets," said Ivy. "The county rides that are low, there is a drainage that goes under them at the bottom of the hill. If you see a flooded road don't drive through it, "
If areas see in excess of 5 inches, rivers could rise even more.