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Bryant declares state of emergency as waters rise

Electrical-StormWhile the storms have finally cleared the state, their aftermath is still being seen.

Gov. Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency in 12 Mississippi counties that have suffered impacts from flooding and severe storms that moved through the state beginning April 3.

Chickasaw, Covington, Hinds, Holmes, Jones, Kemper, Marion, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Simpson and Yazoo counties are included in the declaration. The declaration can be expanded if additional counties are impacted.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has activated the State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate response for the ongoing flooding, and recovery from severe weather.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) reports two state routes and two highways in Central Mississippi remain closed due to flooding as of 3 a.m. this morning.

The affected roadways are:

• SR 149 at Strong River and at Dabb’s Creek

• SR 540 at Strong River and Dabb’s Creek

• Highway 427 at Highway 16 just south of Edinburg

• Highway 80 at Chunky River

However, all lanes of Highway 49 just north of Mendenhall are now open.


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