MEMA: Damage assessments continue as flood waters recede

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Image courtesy of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency

It’s been a week since the Pearl River in Jackson crested at nearly 37 feet, causing flooding in the metro area.

This morning, officials with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)  stated that the river is currently at 29.85 feet and water has receded across the affected areas. The river level will continue to fall throughout the week. 

According to MEMA, around 450 homes are damaged in Hinds and Madison Counties as a result of the flood, but that number will likely rise as damage assessments continue. 

Residents who have yet to report damage are still encouraged to do so by using MEMA’s self-reporting tool. The link can be found on their website –

The shelters in Copiah County at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church and in Hinds County at the Jackson Police Academy are closed. In Holmes County, the shelter at Milestone Elementary School, 147 Head Start Road, Tchula, MS 39169, is open. The Marion County shelter at New Life Church, 212 Eagle Day Avenue, Columbia, MS 39429, remains open.

The Resource Center at Christ United Methodist Church, 6000 Old Canton Road, Jackson, is open. Operating hours:

  • Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

MS 465 between US 61 and Eagle Lake Shore Road in Warren County will remain closed due to flooding. The Mississippi Department of Transportation has also reported that MS 587 between MS 44 and MS 586 in Marion County will remain closed in both directions until Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

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