Mississippi capital ‘precarious’ as Pearl River floodwaters rise

Jackson, Miss., homeowners use shovels to work their way through Pearl River floodwater in this Jackson, Miss., neighborhood Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. Residents of Jackson braced Sunday for the possibility of catastrophic flooding in and around the Mississippi capital as the Pearl River rose precipitously after days of torrential rain. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Rising waters in the Pearl River in Mississippi were expected to crest Monday as the state faces what Gov. Tate Reeves (R) described Sunday as a “precarious situation that can turn at any moment.”

Severe flooding had already forced people to evacuate homes in many neighborhoods in and around the capital city of Jackson.

People in one neighborhood paddled canoes, kayaks, and small fishing boats to check on their homes.

The National Weather Service on Sunday said it expected the river to crest at 37.5 feet, slightly lower than the previous estimate of 38 feet. The Pearl’s highest crest ever recorded was 43.2 feet in April 1979, and its second highest was 39.6 feet in May 1983.

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