Clarke Co. Battles Flooding

By: Jason Simpson
By: Jason Simpson

The heavy rains are now gone, but the stormy weather last week left parts of Clarke County with a calling card in the form of flooding.

On a typical day, the Chickasawhay River near Quitman is not much more than a large stream, but over four inches of rain on a saturated basin has caused what some officials are calling the worst flooding in a decade.

"This is the first time I saw it this way in 10 or 12 years," said Clarke County deputy, Johnny B. Hopson.

Along Mississippi Hwy 512 just outside Quitman, like many other Clarke County roads, water has continued to rise since the rains stopped, forcing those roads to be closed until the water recedes.

Clarke County EMA Director Randy Cox said most of the closed routes are near Stonewall, Enterprise and Quitman.

"It's very dangerous. If your vehicle gets in it and stalls out, it could be very dangerous," said Cox.

As of Monday afternoon, the water was still rising. That's posing lots of problems for local residents.

"You have to go around a different way to get home," said resident Jeff Volking.

Roads closed in Clarke county Monday night include Hwy 512 and county roads 120, 375, 354, and 320.

Officials expect these roads to be reopened on Wednesday, as long as there's no more rain.


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