Flooded rivers still rising

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Flood warnings are in effect for the Chickasawhay River at Enterprise, the Chickasawhay River at Shubuta, Pearl River near Philadelphia, the the Sucarnoochee River at Livingston, Noxubee River at Macon, the Tombigbee River at Gainesville, the Tombigbee River at Demopolis, the Tombigbee River at Coffeeville, and the Tombigbee River at the Bevill Lock and Dam.

Remember to be aware of rising water if you live near rivers, creeks, and streams. Be prepared to move to a safer location if water rises. Never try to drive through flood waters. That is often a deadly mistake. Also be particularly cautious standing near the banks of rivers near or above flood stage. The banks can become saturated, which weakens them. They can break easily, and you can fall into high and fast-flowing water if you are too close to the rivers. Even rivers that are not flooding will be running high and flowing dangerously fast. Rivers should be avoided until water levels subside.

Chickasawhay River at Enterprise
Wednesday evening, the river level was 28.94 feet. Flood stage is 25.0 feet. The river is above flood stage. It is expected to crest at 32.0 feet late Thursday night and slowly subside. The river is expected to subside to below flood stage on Saturday

IMPACT

  • At 25.0 feet, water starts overflowing the banks from the confluence of the Chunky River and Okatibbee Creek to about three miles downstream.

  • At 30 feet, water starts covering nearby streets and roads.

  • At 32 feet, water crosses River Road and County Road 320 near River Walk Gardens.

Chickasawhay River at Shubuta
Wednesday evening, the river level was 28.60 feet. Flood stage is 30.0 feet. The river is rising and is expected to rise to near flood stage Friday night. It is expected to crest at 30.0 feet Saturday night. The river is expected to subside to below flood stage on Sunday

IMPACT

  • At 30 feet, Minor flooding occurs on the right bank of the river.

Pearl River at Burnside Park near Philadelphia
Wednesday evening, the river level was 16.18 feet. Flood stage is 13.0 feet. Moderate flooding is occurring. It is expected to crest at 17.0 feet Thursday morning and slowly subside. The river is expected stay above flood stage beyond the end of the current forecast period, which ends Monday

IMPACT

  • At 13.0 feet, water begins to affect Burnside Lake Water Park.

  • At 14.0 feet, water begins covering some of the roadways and camp areas at Burnside Lake Water Park.

  • At 15.0 feet, most camping areas and roadways in Burnside Lake Water Park are flooded.

  • At 16.0 feet, the open air pavilion in Burnside Lake Water Park begins to flood.

  • At 17.0 feet, the open air pavilion at Burnside Lake Water Park is inundated.

Sucarnoochee River at Livingston
Wednesday evening, the river level was 21.97 feet. Flood stage is 18.0 feet. The river is above flood stage and still rising. It is expected to crest at 22.3 feet late tonight and slowly subside. The river is expected to subside to below flood stage on Saturday.

IMPACT

  • At 18.0 feet, flooding of farm lands around Livingston occurs.

  • At 21.0 feet, Water overflows increasingly over low-lying agricultural lands. Cattle and farm equipment should be moved to higher ground.

The Tombigbee River at Demopolis
Wednesday evening, the river level was 74.97 feet. Flood stage is 68.0 feet. The river is above flood stage. It is expected to crest at 76.9 feet Friday morning and slowly subside. The river is expected to still be above flood stage at the end of the forecast period Monday night.

IMPACT

  • At 68.0 feet, flooding of lowlands in the area occurs, and cattle should be moved to higher ground.

  • At 73.0 feet, some cabins, trailers, and secondary roads along the river begin flooding.

  • At 77.0 feet, flooding of numerous cabins and trailers near the river can be expected.

Tombigbee River at Gainesville
Wednesday evening, the river level was 107.98 feet. Flood stage is 101.0 feet. The river is above flood stage. It is expected to crest at 109.0 feet tonight and slowly subside. The river is expected stay above flood stage beyond the end of the current forecast period, which ends Monday.

IMPACT

  • At 101.0 feet, low lying agriculture areas and nearby wooded lands begin flooding.<

  • At 109.0 feet, flooding begins of some camps and cabins, as well as low-lying woodlands and agricultural lands, especially upstream from the dam.

Tombigbee River near Coffeeville
Wednesday evening, the river level was 36.51 feet. Flood stage is 29.0 feet. The river is above flood stage. It is expected to continue rising and crest at 37.9 feet on Monday. The river is expected to be above flood stage throughout the forecast period, which ends Monday.

IMPACT

  • At 29.0 feet, pastureland near the river floods, and livestock should be moved to higher ground. Also, Old Ferry Road nearby begins flooding.

  • At 40.0 feet, widespread areas of timberland and pastureland are flooded, and portions of State Highway 114 east of the river are flooded. Also, cabins on Old Ferry Road flood.

Tombigbee River at the Bevill Lock and Dam
Wednesday evening, the river level was 131.39 feet. Flood stage is 122.0 feet. The river is above flood stage. It is expected to crest at 131.3 feet tonight and slowly subside. The river is expected to subside below flood stage on Saturday

IMPACT

  • At 122.0 feet, cattle in low-lying areas of southern Pickens County are cut off and should be moved to higher ground.

  • At 128.0 feet, cattle in the area should be moved to higher ground. Some cabins and camps along the river flood.

Noxubee River at Macon
Wednesday evening, the river level was 34.09 feet. Flood stage is 26.0 feet. Moderate flood stage is 33.0 feet. The river is above moderate flood stage. It is expected to crest at 34.2 feet tonight and slowly subside. The river is expected remain above flood stage beyond the current forecast period, which ends Monday

IMPACT

  • At 26.0 feet, lowlands near the river flood.

  • At 28.0 feet, farm land near the river floods.

  • At 31.0 feet, agricultural flooding occurs near the river.

  • At 33.0 feet, flood water starts affecting businesses on the south side of town.

  • At 35.0 feet, water reaches the bottom of the Old Highway 45 Bridge in Macon.