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Mississippi governor declares state of emergency over expected river flooding

A mailbox stands in floodwaters from heavy rains that have plagued the region in recent days on Foxboro Drive in northeast Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022. Torrential rains and flash flooding prompted rescue operations, closures and evacuations in the central part of the state. (Hannah Mattix/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) declared a state of emergency on Saturday for areas of the state affected by river flooding.

“I encourage individuals in the flood zones to be cautious, take appropriate precautions, and evacuate if necessary,” Reeves wrote in the declaration.

While some flooding has occurred, more is expected to occur this week, though earlier than originally predicted.

Reeves said that the Pearl River, located in central Mississippi near other flooding, “is expected to crest on Monday … at 36 feet.”

“The time is now to start making preparations to protect you and your family,” wrote Reeves.

The governor said that his emergency declaration would allow state agencies, including the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), to assist with the flooding and its aftermath.

MEMA and the Reeves administration have worked together to deploy sandbags and prepare search and rescue teams, according to the emergency announcement.

Reeves added that MEMA is continually monitoring flood levels using drones and other instruments.

Floods swept across the Southwestern U.S. last week as the National Weather Service warned of a potential tropical cyclone.

Similar trends of unstable weather have appeared in other areas of the country and throughout Mississippi.

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