Flooding

Some minor flooding is shown at the Park Between the Bridges near East Claiborne Avenue on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a river flood warning for Leflore County until Sunday afternoon.

The warning is for the Yalobusha River at Whaley, whose flood stage is 21 feet. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, the river was at 22.8 feet.

The National Weather Service predicted that the highest the river would get would be 23 feet at 6 a.m. Thursday. After that, it will gradually decrease.

According to the National Weather Service, the moderate flood stage is 24 feet.

Since Jan. 11, Greenwood has received 3.97 inches of rain, 3.08 of which fell over the weekend during a severe thunderstorm.

Meteorologist Joanne Culin with the National Weather Service’s Jackson bureau said that there could be a quick, heavy downpour Thursday but not extended rain. She also forecasted half an inch of rain Thursday and one-quarter to one-third of an inch  over the weekend.

Fred Randle, Leflore County’s director of emergency management, said that the city won’t have an immediate problem with flooding unless the rainfall doesn’t stop.

“People that stay close to the rivers will be affected first,” he  said.

In the event of flooding, residents should place sandbags around their homes, put all belongings up high away from the floor and evacuate, he said. “The city’s response is to keep the drains clean and try to protect as much infrastructure as they can,” Randle said. “They’ll do what they can to keep water out of people’s houses, but if we get a lot of rain, there’s no other place for the water to go, so we just have to ride it out.”

There hasn’t been any serious flooding in the area since the severe thunderstorm over the weekend, but water has been rising and building up in some areas.

Contact Kerrigan Herret at 581-7233 or kherret@gwcommonwealth.com.

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