WARREN COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - The storms that passed through the Magnolia State this week is causing flooding problems at Eagle Lake in Warren County.
Residents are now heading to higher ground and trying to find ways to protect their property.
One homeowner says he brought in a construction company to install highway pillars behind his home to prevent the water from getting into his home.
Warren County Emergency Management Director John Elfer says, “both sides of this continue to rise. So what you see this morning are people that are fearful of their house flooding, evacuating, getting personal items, vehicles out of here.”
Emergency management officials say there is over a foot of water on several roads, Muddy Bayou has overtopped, and Highway 465 is now closed.
They are encouraging Eagle Lake homeowners with medical needs to evacuate.
“If their home is going to flood we are encouraging people to evacuate this area, because at some point some of the resources that we’ve sent up here we may have to pull those to higher ground,” says Elfer.
Sandbags and supplies have been delivered to that area by Warren County and levee board officials.
In fact, they say they delivered thousands of sandbags Friday and there is more still available for home and business owners.
Hank Burdine with the Mississippi Levee Board says, “we bringing sandbags down to help with the effort. We got plenty of sand down here, we need some more bags. I got some bags down here. We been by the store and bought a lot of supplies. A lot of food stuff paper goods and Gatorade. We are trying to keep everybody happy down here and keep them fed because there’s a lot of work to be done down here.”
The county says the water is projected to continue rising which means there will likely be more road closures.