Mississippi Sheriff Warns Levee Will Break, Calls For Evacuations

A car sits partially submerged on a flooded road during a rain storm Monday, Jan. 22, 2024, in San Diego. Heavy rainfall around the U.S. on Monday prompted first responders in Texas to conduct water rescues and officials in California to issue evacuation warnings over potential mud slides in parts of Los Angeles County. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

A Mississippi sheriff has called for an emergency evacuation, saying that a levee on a nearby lake is soon to break.

Much of the state has been experiencing severe weather starting Tuesday, bringing threats of hail, damaging wind and tornadoes. It is part of a larger storm system that has been moving east from Texas, dumping rain across the Gulf Coast states.

Mississippi residents in a Yazoo County neighborhood with an “elevated threat” for flooding Wednesday were told to leave immediately, as inches more rain are expected to fall today. Yazoo County is located nearly an hour northwest of Jackson.

“If you or someone that you know lives in the Eastbrook subdivision on Highway 16 in Yazoo County you need to evacuate IMMEDIATELY!!!” a post on the Yazoo County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page says. “The levee is about to break on the lake and the houses will flood. Please get out ASAP!!!”

According to the National Weather Service, Yazoo County is under a flash flood warning Wednesday until 12:30 p.m. local time and under a flood watch until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Here are the watches and warnings in effect for the rest of the state…

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