Heavy rain causing flooding, evacuations in Mississippi

A driver drives through high water on Dale Drive in Marion, Miss., on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022. Parts of Mississippi received several inches of rain throughout the day. (D'Courtland Christian/The Meridian Star via AP)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Heavy rain and flash floods drenched Mississippi, prompting rescue operations, closures and evacuations Wednesday including dozens of residents at a nursing home in the central part of the state.

Rain has pummeled the central and southern parts of the state for the last three days. The National Weather Service says flash flood warnings are in effect for several areas from Jackson, the state capital, to Meridian and southern parts of the state.

First responders say they’re working to rescue people from their homes amid the downpour.