Mandatory evacuation ordered in Ridgeland
RIDGELAND — A mandatory evacuation of the Harbor Pines Mobile Home Community was ordered Saturday ahead of anticipated flooding of the nearby Pearl River.
“Yesterday I️ declared a State of Emergency for low-lying areas for the City of Ridgeland, Mississippi, that are subject to flooding,” Mayor Gene F. McGee said Saturday. “Today, due to rising waters and the safety of our citizens, Entergy will cut power around 2:00 p.m. For that reason, I am declaring a mandatory evacuation for the Harbor Pines Mobile Home Community. Ridgeland's Fire and Police Departments will be assisting in such evacuation immediately. “
Madison United Methodist Church has set up a shelter for anyone who needs a place to stay during flooding evacuation, the city of Madison announced Saturday.
Madison United Methodist Church is located at 2050 Main Street, Madison 39110.
The Pearl River was expected to crest Monday at 36 feet. Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency Saturday after record-setting rainfall this week.
“If predictions prove accurate, the Pearl River is expected to crest on Monday, August 29th, at 36 feet,” Reeves said in the declaration.
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba has called for voluntary evacuations in areas expected to be affected by the rising waters, saying authorities are “expecting waters to begin to impact neighborhoods as early as Sunday evening.”
You can check to see if your home or business could be affected by the flooding from the Pearl River here.