While water has receded in most areas of Harrison County, there is still major flooding in Jackson County. Jackson County received 5.5 to 12 inches of water with the severe weather this week. The 20 inches of rain in Alabama that flows into the Escawtapa River meant flooding along the river in Jackson County. Parts of some local roads are impassable because of the flooding and many homes have water in their yards. Jackson County Emergency Services says it’s only going to get worse.
Earl Etheride, the Director of Jackson County Emergency Services, says, “We're looking at flood stages on the Escawtapa at 8 feet. It’s supposed to go to 9.5 feet later tonight. That's a foot and a half above flood stage, which is still considered minor flooding around here. Of course, if it’s in your yard, it’s not minor.” Barricades have not been put up yet, but the Jackson County Emergency Services anticipates having to block some roads Friday morning. Though most residents are familiar with spring flooding, emergency services encourages those in high risk flood areas to move their cars to higher ground and pack an overnight bag in case they need to evacuate their home.