Flooding of rivers will get worse before it gets better

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Flood warnings are in effect for the Pearl River near Philadelphia, the 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.

Pearl River at Burnside Park near Philadelphia
Tuesday afternoon, the river level was 14.52 feet. Flood stage is 13.0 feet. The river is above flood stage. It is expected to crest at 16.0 feet late Wednesday night and slowly subside. The river is expected stay above flood stage beyond the end of the current forecast period, which ends Sunday.

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.

Chickasawhay River at Enterprise
Tuesday afternoon, the river level was 21.86 feet. Flood stage is 25.0 feet. The river is rising and is expected to rise above flood stage Wednesday afternoon. It is expected to crest at 26.5 feet late Wednesday night and slowly subside. The river is expected to subside to below flood stage on Friday.

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.

Sucarnoochee River at Livingston
Tuesday afternoon, the river level was 18.03 feet. Flood stage is 18.0 feet. The river is above flood stage and still rising. It is expected to crest at 22.9 feet late Wednesday and slowly subside. The river is expected to subside to below flood stage by Saturday morning.

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
Tuesday afternoon, the river level was 71.70 feet. Flood stage is 68.0 feet. The river is above flood stage. It is expected to crest at 76.6 feet late Friday night and slowly subside. The river is expected to still be above flood stage at the end of the forecast period Sunday 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
Tuesday afternoon, the river level was 105.78 feet. Flood stage is 101.0 feet. The river is above flood stage. It is expected continue rising and crest at 107.7 feet Wednesday night and slowly subside. The river is expected still be above flood stage at the end of the forecast period Sunday

IMPACT

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

Tombigbee River near Coffeeville
Tuesday afternoon, the river level was 35.32 feet. Flood stage is 29.0 feet. The river is above flood stage. It is expected to continue rising and crest at 37.4 feet on Sunday. The river is expected to be above flood stage throughout the forecast period, which ends Sunday

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
Tuesday afternoon, the river level was 128.68 feet. Flood stage is 122.0 feet. The river is above flood stage. It is expected to crest at 130.2 feet Thursday morning and slowly subside. The river is expected to subside below flood stage on Sunday

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
Tuesday afternoon, the river level was 28.30 feet. Flood stage is 26.0 feet. The river is above flood stage. It is expected to crest at 31.7 feet on Thursday and slowly subside. The river is expected remain above flood stage beyond the current forecast period, which ends Sunday.

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.