August 24, 2022

Rescuers out helping in floodwaters after 8-12 inches of rain on Wednesday

Therese Apel

Flooding in central Mississippi.

Drone video from a local photographer shows the city of Canton under water after a day of weather that dumped up to a foot of water on the metro area.

Video posted by Tommy Keith Grant of Black Boi Films shows both rural and suburban areas under enough water to submerge cars and enter homes Wednesday.

According to the Weather Channel, the central part of the state took on eight to 10 inches of rain, washing out roads and causing some homeowners to have to evacuate. In Brandon, 42 residents were evacuated at Peach Tree Village, an assisted living home on Old Brandon Road. Brandon Mayor Butch Lee said he doesn’t know if the facility is salvageable after the damage.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey said 100 children were being evacuated from a local daycare as well, and buses were being monitored to make sure the kids are delivered home safely.

In Pearl, the roundabout at the airport was flooded and impassable. The city posted a video of high-ranking fire department officials helping people through water that is knee- to waist-deep.

“I’ve never seen that much water before,” said city spokesman Greg Flynn. “There’s water everywhere.”

He said by about 3:15 p.m. the water had begun to dissipate.

In Newton County, Highway 489 near Marrow Road is closed until further notice after a large portion of the highway completely washed away in the flood waters. Mississippi Highway Patrol is advising motorists to use a different route.

Earlier Wednesday, weather conditions caused a wreck on Highway 80 east of Brandon when a dump truck jackknifed trying to avoid hitting another vehicle. The other vehicle was knocked off the road and down the shoulder. In the chaos of the response, another wreck occurred up the interstate when a man in a pickup truck left the roadway and ended up deep in a patch of woods. Traffic was slow for a good part of the morning.

Throughout the day, local journalists and first responders posted photos and videos of the issues they saw that had been caused by the weather.

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