Another round of storms moves through metro area

Updated: Apr. 18, 2019 at 7:35 PM CDT
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METRO AREA, MS (WLBT) - Severe weather hit the metro as another round of storms moved across the area Thursday.

Little Willie’s BBQ owner Warren Wright dreads stormy days that bring the potential for flooding of his parking lot and business. Saturday, he posted video of the water rising at Eastgate Village Shopping Center on Highway 80.

Wright was watching the skies Thursday, and hoping waters would not go above his 26-inch flood wall.

He’s preparing to move chairs and other items to higher locations in the restaurant.

“You know a good captain doesn’t leave his ship,” said Wright. “So we’re gonna hang in here and we’re gonna see what happens, and when it gets real bad then we’ll get to high and dry territory."

The City of Jackson also closed Monument Street between Gallatin and Mill streets, where a rescue Saturday ended in tragedy after a woman died days later.

RELATED STORY: Railroad underpasses in Jackson closed due to severe weather

Heavy rains regularly cause flooding at the Monument Street railroad underpass near Gallatin Street.

Forty-four-year-old Malisa Wortham had to be rescued when her car was overtaken by the flood waters. According to Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart, Wortham died Tuesday from her injuries.

RELATED STORY: Jackson woman dies days after being rescued from Saturday floodwaters

The railroad underpass has been a flooding problem for decades.

Motorists should avoid the area when it rains. Remember: turn around, don’t drown.

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