The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received reports of flood damage in two counties in Southwest Mississippi as a result of storms moving through the state Thursday night and Friday morning. The counties reporting flood damage:
Amite: One business and one publically owned structure.
Wilkinson: More than 40 homes, 16 apartments and one police car.
These are preliminary reports as damage assessments are ongoing by county emergency managers. No injuries have been reported. M.E.M.A. is working closely with local officials to ensure the needs of affected residents are being met.
M.E.M.A. is also warning citizens to remain on alert for severe weather, as the National Weather Service is forecasting the possibility of dangerous storms later today through the night.
The N.W.S. says a strong system will move into the state bringing damaging winds, hail up to golf ball size and the possibility of a tornado cannot be ruled out. Many areas of the state have seen up to four inches of rain in the last 24 hours, so the potential for more flooding is elevated.
“Now is the time to ensure that you and your family are prepared for the severe weather headed toward our state,” said M.E.M.A. Executive Director Robert Latham. “I urge everyone to have multiple ways to receive weather alerts, especially during the overnight hours.”
If you encounter rising flood waters, remember the phrase, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” As little as six inches of water can knock you off your feet, or push a car off of the road.
M.E.M.A. urges the public to report damages to your local Emergency Management Agency. For a list of contact numbers for your county, visit www.msema.org/local-ema.
For more information, go to M.E.M.A.’s website at www.msema.org or download the M.E.M.A. mobile app on your iOS or Android device.
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