Rapid rainfall floods buildings and highways in Deep South

Flooding
In this photo provided by Pastor Bryant May, rain water covered Bierdeman Road in Pearl, Miss., Wednesday, Ag. 24, 2022. Several buildings on the street were flooded, including an outlet store and a church. (Pastor Bryant May via AP)

By MICHAEL GOLDBERG and EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
Associated Press

PEARL, Miss. (AP) – People in parts of the Deep South are cleaning up after flash flooding sent water into churches, homes and businesses.

Several inches of rain fell within a few hours Wednesday in Mississippi. Heavy rainfall was continuing Thursday in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Sheriff’s deputies in central Mississippi carried toddlers out of a flooded day care center and residents out of a nursing home after storms caused creeks to overflow.

In the Jackson suburb of Pearl, a church flooded for the second time since 2018. Pastor Bryant May says the congregation will worship online this weekend.

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