Mississippi and Louisiana Join Missouri in State of Emergency
Pearl, Mississippi– Governor Phil Bryant issued a State of Emergency this afternoon for the imminent threat of major flooding along the Mississippi River and its tributaries.
The State of Emergency is an administrative tool that allows local governments to request state assistance to assist with response and recovery associated with these storm systems.
The State of Emergency covers all counties along the Mississippi River, its tributaries and any other parts of the state that may be affected..
“We are told this flood will be just below the historic record flood of 2011,” Gov. Bryant said. “Our citizens have time to prepare and should begin taking actions now.”
The National Weather Service is forecasting the crest to begin in Tunica on Jan. 10, Greenville on Jan. 14, Vicksburg on Jan. 16, and Natchez on Jan. 18. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is coordinating with state agencies, county emergency managers, the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, volunteer organizations and levee boards on planning and response activities.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received confirmation of an eleventh death as a result of tornadoes that struck the state Dec. 23. The Coahoma County Coroner reports a person died at a Memphis hospital where they were being treated for injuries since the storms.
As of December 29th the following counties have reported deaths:
Six in Benton Co.
Two in Coahoma Co.
Two in Marshall Co.
One in Tippah Co.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana– Today, Governor Bobby Jindal issued a state of emergency due to the imminent threat of flooding along the Mississippi River, Red River and other state bodies of water.
The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is closely monitoring levels along the Red River and Mississippi River. GOHSEP today hosted two conference calls with state and local leaders from parishes that border the waterways. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the National Weather Service (NWS) River Forecast Center provided updates on the call about the current conditions. The agencies indicated some flood control actions may be necessary during the next few weeks.
GOHSEP has activated its Crisis Action Team to monitor any requests for state assistance from parishes potentially impacted by the river levels. GOHSEP’s Regional Coordinators have been in contact with the parishes to help facilitate any safety or protection measures.
“River flooding is an emergency that requires constant monitoring and adjustment as the situation evolves,” said GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis. “Our team started to closely monitor the river levels last week. More conference calls and other communication will continue until the flood threat ends. GOHSEP stands ready to assist our local partners in any way necessary to get through this event. We also urge the public to Get A Game Plan if your home or business could be impacted.”