• Thomas Parker

One of the wettest winters on record threatens the southern U.S.

Updated: Feb 24, 2020

More rain will fall on the South this week, adding to what has been one of the wettest winters to date from Mississippi to North Carolina.

Flooding of the Pear River has placed Jackson, Mississippi's capital, in danger as the governor warned residents that it would be days before flood waters begin to recede.

Governor Tate Reeves said Sunday the Pearl River would continue to rise throughout the day, warning that the state faces a "precarious situation that can turn at any moment."

Officials at a reservoir upriver said Sunday that water levels had stabilized. The National Weather Service, which had been anticipating the river to crest on Sunday at 38 feet, reduced their estimate to 37.5 feet and anticipates that the river will crest Monday.

Despite the good news of potential stabilization, officials urged residents to pay attention to evacuation orders, check for road closures before travel, and to stay out of floodwaters--no matter how placid the water may seem.

Meanwhile, in Tennessee's Hardin County, officials are urging residents to be safe as the Tennessee River is causing concern.

Hardin County Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Melvin Martin says the river is cresting at 388 feet.

"I think it's cresting until this afternoon, so just anywhere along the river, the river bottoms are all flooded," Martin said.

That includes many flooded roads in Hardin County.

"About every eight to ten years these areas normally flood," Martin said. "Most of everybody down here is familiar with the flood areas, and how high the predictions, and getting ready for it."

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