Floodwaters are heading for Yazoo, and although it’s not going to be as bad as the flood of 2011, it’s still going to be bad.
It’s still too early to tell, and even the most recent forecasts are subject to change, but right now the water is predicted to reach 103 feet to nearly 104 feet in the floodplain areas in Yazoo County.
“To put his in perspective, in the 2011 flood water levels in the area reach 106.4 feet,” said Jack Willingham, Yazoo County Emergency Management director.
A couple of feet can be a big difference for homes at different elevations.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation is expecting to close US 149 and MS 16 in Yazoo County from the Whittington West Levee Road to the boat ramp entrance at Wolf Lake.
The new Highway 49 is not expected to flood.
Willingham said the bridge at Satartia will be closed as water rises. A levee will be built at the bridge to close the gap.
Residents in the impact area are urged to begin preparing now. Some residents are already making arrangements for temporary homes.
Gov. Phil Bryant issued a State of Emergency this afternoon for the imminent threat of major flooding along the Mississippi River and its tributaries.
The State of Emergency is an administrative tool that allows local governments to request state assistance to assist with response and recovery associated with these storm systems. It includes Yazoo County.
"We are told this flood will be just below the historic record flood of 2011,” Bryant said. "Our citizens have time to prepare and should begin taking actions now."
The National Weather Service is forecasting the crest to begin in Tunica on Jan. 10, Greenville on Jan. 14, Vicksburg on Jan. 16, and Natchez on Jan. 18. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is coordinating with state agencies, county emergency managers, the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, volunteer organizations and levee boards on planning and response activities.
Willingham said residents need to stay informed.
“The information we receive changes daily, but I’m going to do my best to keep everyone up to date,” he said.