Two highways in Central Mississippi remain closed, and state officials are concerned about more damages and loss of life.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) reports Highway 427 at Highway 16 just south of Edinburg and Highway 80 at Chunky River are still closed.
State Route 149 at Strong River and Dabb’s Creek and Highwawy 540 in Simpson County have reopened.
Gov. Phil Bryant and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency are warning residents about the ongoing flooding. Many rivers and tributaries in central and south Mississippi are at, near or above flood stage following extensive rainfall over the past week.
Several rivers have flooded and may continue to rise until they crest within the next few days. The Pearl River in portions of central and south Mississippi, the Strong River in D’Lo and Tallahala Creek in Laurel are all above flood stage.
MEMA, the National Weather Service and other local, state and federal agencies are monitoring these rivers closely and expect them to begin cresting in the next several days.
Bryant declared a state of emergency for 12 counties on April 8.