JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The City of Jackson is under a State of Emergency due to concerns about flooding from the Pearl River.
Mayor Chokwe Lumumba issued the State of Emergency on Thursday afternoon.
City leaders are suggesting some should evacuate amid new concerns over Pearl River flooding.
Lumumba said anyone living in Northeast Jackson near the river should “consider evacuating” for 3-4 days.
A shelter is set up at 3000 St. Charles Street for anyone impacted by the flooding.
City officials say these neighborhoods should prepare ahead of time:
- Lynch Creek
- Town Creek
- Purple Creek
- Hanging Moss
- Hemingway Circle
- Camelot Apartments
- Any area near the Pearl River
Sandbags are available for pickup Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 4225 Michael Avalon Street.
The Pearl River in Jackson is now forecasted to reach 38 feet. The river became inundated after several inches of rain over the past week.
As of noon Thursday, the river is at 34.25 feet, which is six feet above flood stage.
The projected crest of 38 feet is expected to come Saturday.
Click here to see the latest river levels and projections for Jackson.
Click here to see latest river levels and projections for Ratliff’s Ferry.
A crest of 38 feet would be the third-highest ever recorded. The record crest is 43.28 feet in 1979, and reached 39.58 feet in 1983.
Streets affected by the Pearl River cresting at 38 feet are the following:
- Amhurst Street
- Argyle Street
- Armour Drive (near Dendron Dr. to Yucca Dr. and near Banyon Dr.)
- Beachcrest Drive- east of Sedgewick Dr.
- Beasley @ President
- Canterbury Court
- Canton Club Circle- from Chelsea Court off Deer Trail
- Canton Club Circle- from Riviera to Sedgewick Drive
- Clearbrook Road- just north of Stokes Robinson Road
- Congress- south of Silas Brown and north of Silas Brown
- Conner Avenue
- Bypress Trail
- Deer Trail
- Dover Place
- Dunbarton Drive
- Edmar Place- south end
- Elton Road- just east and west of ICGRR
- Factory- just west of West Street
- Farrish Street- just south of Hudson and south of South St.
- Farrish Street- south end
- Foxboro Drive
- Frontage Road- to Petro Fuel Center/Truck Stop
- Gallatin- from Julienne to Lynch Creek
- Greenwood Avenue- from Conner Avenue to south of Hardy Creek
- GUM- just west of Nichols Street
- Harrow Drive
- Hudson and Farrish
- I-55- just north and south of Hardy Creek including ramps
- Insurance Center Drive- between Lakeland Drive and Mayes Lake
- Julienne- between Gallatin and S. West Street
- Lakeside Drive- just east of Lakeward Drive
- Lasalle Street @ Conner Avenue
- Lelia Drive- just east and west of Southerland
- Manor Drive (east) - just east of Wedgewood
- Meadow Oaks- south and just north of Westbrook Road
- Meter Drive- between McDowell Road and ICGRR
- Northside Drive (east) - east of Cheryl Drive
- Oklahoma- just west of S. West Street
- St. Andrews Drive- near south section of Canton Club circle
- Stokes Robinson
- Thackery Circle
- Twin Lakes Circle- Greenbriar Drive to Eastover Drive
- Twin Lakes Circle- just west of Pebble Lane
- Westbrook Road- near Harrow Drive
- Westbrook Road- near east and west of White Oak Creek
- West Street @ Offutt to Silas Brown
- West Street (south) - from Gallatin to Annie
- Wild Valley Drive- east of E. Cheryl Drive
- Wilmington Street- east end
- Winged Foot Circle- south loop near St. Andrews Drive
- Yucca Drive
According to National Weather Service, a crest of 38 feet would cause a large number of homes to flood in Northeast Jackson and put water into buildings in Downtown Jackson.