Saturday, August 13, 2016

I Gov. Bryant Declares State of Emergency for Severe Flooding

PEARL – Gov. Phil Bryant issued a State of Emergency today for Adams, Amite, Pike, Wilkinson and any other counties affected by the heavy rainfall and severe flooding over the last few days.

The National Weather Service in Slidell reports 14.17 inches of rain in Gloster and 9.5 inches in Woodville in Wilkinson County and 8.5 inches of rain in Liberty in Amite County over the last 48 hours.

The Mississippi Department of Human Services and American Red Cross have opened a shelter in Adams County, located at 323 Liberty Road in Natchez, for residents displaced by flooding. There were 56 people in the shelter Friday night. MEMA is coordinating the delivery of fully accessible showers to the shelter.

"I want to make sure all Mississippians that were forced out of their homes by this flooding are taken care of," Gov. Bryant said. "This state of emergency will ensure state resources are available to all local governments that need help."

There are several roads affected by flooding in south Mississippi. For the latest travel updates, please go to the Mississippi Department of Transportation's website, or call 5-1-1.

The State of Emergency is an administrative tool that allows local governments to request state assistance for response and recovery associated with the storms.

Damage assessments will be conducted by MEMA and local officials as areas become accessible.

MEMA will provide updates as information becomes available. The best way to get up-to-date information during this event is to "Like" MEMA on Facebook, or "Follow" us on twitter @msema.


Greg Flynn
MEMA External Affairs Director
Office: 601-933-6652

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