95-year-old Jackson woman says she’s staying put as her neighbors evacuate rising floodwaters

95-year-old woman says she's not leaving her home

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A 95-year-old Jackson woman is with her family now after saying she was not leaving despite rising floodwaters from the Pearl River threatening her home.

Jacqueline Harper has lived on North Canton Club Circle for decades.

She was there during the flood of 1979 and the flood of 1983.

Her main concern, she said, was having the electricity turned off.

When 3 On Your Side paid her a visit Saturday, she was busy clearing the refrigerator in case the power was cut.

She even offered her evacuating neighbors bowls of gumbo.

Harper said she only expected water to get to the doorstep but she does have family members that she can stay with if water gets to high.

But, according to a family member, after finishing her gumbo Mrs. Harper did evacuate and is now spending the weekend with her family.

Meanwhile, other neighbors on Canton Club Circle were busy packing items into moving trucks and evacuating the area.

The Pearl River is expected to crest Sunday at 38 feet. This is the 3rd highest crest in history.

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