Heavy Rains Bring Flooding Potential to the Area

By: Will Harkins Email
By: Will Harkins Email

Enterprise, Miss Heavy rains battered the area through the overnight hours and some locations saw as much as 3 inches in a very short time. With so much rain falling over such a short period of time, a few locations saw flash flooding, but now that the rain has ended attention turns to the rising water in creeks and rivers. A few area rivers are forecast to reach minor flood stages.

Eddie Ivy of Clarke County EMA says "The river flooding in Clarke County, we will monitor the situation. We will work with public works and our highway and road departments in the towns that are going to be affected. The biggest thing is we know the flood stages and where it should be, we're going to start watching those areas that typically see water first."
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This particular weather is expected to be a double dose, with round two expected to move through in the over night hours with a possibility of some severe weather as well. Ivy says it doesn't matter if it's flooding or storm damage, emergency managers are ready to handle it.

Ivy explained “The road departments have crews on call, we have volunteers that are ready with the volunteer fire departments as well as the emergency manager volunteers, they have the saws and they are ready to go. Hopefully it's not going to be a large event but we are prepared and will monitor the situation as the night progresses and the system moves through our area."

The Chickasawhay River in Enterprise is one of the rivers expected to reach minor flood stage and top off around 26 feet Sunday morning.


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