Rivers are flooding again

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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.

Pearl River at Burnside Park near Philadelphia
Monday afternoon, the river level was 14.35 feet. Flood stage is 13.0 feet. The river is above flood stage. It is expected to crest at 14.6 feet tonight and slowly subside. The river is expected to subside below flood stage Friday.

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.

The Tombigbee River at Demopolis
Monday afternoon, the river level was 67.78 feet. Flood stage is 68.0 feet. The river is rising and expected to rise above flood stage by Tuesday morning. It is expected to crest at 74.7 feet tonight and slowly subside. The river is expected to still be above flood stage at the end of the forecast period Saturday 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.

Tombigbee River at Gainesville
Monday afternoon, the river level was 104.04 feet. Flood stage is 101.0 feet. The river is above flood stage. It is expected continue rising and crest at 107.4 feet tonight and slowly subside. The river is expected still be above flood stage at the end of the forecast period Saturday.

IMPACT

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

Tombigbee River near Coffeeville
Monday afternoon, the river level was 35.09 feet. Flood stage is 29.0 feet. The river is above flood stage. It is expected to continue rising and crest at 35.7 feet on Saturday. The river is expected to be above flood stage throughout the forecast period, which ends Saturday.

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
Monday afternoon, the river level was 129.11 feet. Flood stage is 122.0 feet. The river is above flood stage. It is expected to crest at 129.8 feet tonight and slowly subside. The river is expected to subside below flood stage 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.

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

Noxubee River at Macon
Monday afternoon, the river level was 27.50 feet. Flood stage is 26.0 feet. The river is above flood stage. It is expected to crest at 28.4 feet tonight and slowly subside. The river is expected to subside below flood stage Friday.

IMPACT

  • At 26.0 feet, lowlands near the river flood.

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