On Thursday, the National Weather Service said that the Pearl River at Jackson is expected to crest at 36 ft on Tuesday.
The river’s highest level on record is 43.3 feet, set in April 1979. The next highest level was 39.6 feet, set in May 1983.
Flooding of streets will be likely in Jackson and surrounding areas as water may begin to approach homes and businesses as we near the crest this weekend into early next week.
According to MEMA, Mississippi ranks eighth in the nation for the number of repetitive loss-structures. MEMA also reports that Mississippi also has more than 5 million acres classified as floodplain, which is the fifth largest in the nation.
Source: National Weather Service Jackson
MEMA shared these steps on how to stay safe before a flood occurs.
TAKE THESE STEPS NOW BEFORE A FLOOD OCCURS:
- Purchase flood insurance. You can obtain flood insurance through your insurance company. Flood insurance is guaranteed through the National Flood Insurance Program. You can only purchase flood insurance through an insurance agent or an insurer participating in the NFIP. Typically, there’s a 30-day waiting period from date of purchase until your policy goes into effect.
- Take photographs and/or videos of all your important possessions. If a flood damages your home, these items will help you file your flood insurance claim. Take these photos or videos with you if you evacuate.
- Store important documents and irreplaceable personal objects where they won’t be damaged. If a major flood is expected, consider putting these items in a storage facility.
- Plan and practice a flood evacuation route with your family.
- Have an out-of-state relative or friend serve as your family contact person, and make sure everyone in your family knows the contact person’s name, address and phone number.
- Buy and install a sump pump with backup power.
- Have an electrician raise electric components such as sockets, switches and circuit breakers at least 12 inches above your home’s projected flood elevation
- Install backflow valves or plug for your drains, toilets and sewer connections.
- Anchor fuel tanks so they will not be torn free by floodwaters.
There are more flood tips on MEMA’s website!
The National Weather Service in Jackson also shared some tips on their Facebook page!