Small Mississippi town in ‘total chaos’ after deluge of rain, rapidly rising river

Published 2:56 pm Friday, February 22, 2019

An official in a small Mississippi town says 100 or more people have been evacuated as flooding spills from a rising river.

Bruce Alderman Jimmy Hubbard said Friday that the Skuna River threatens a neighborhood and some businesses in the north Mississippi town of 2,000 residents.

Some people were rescued from flooded residences Friday morning and an agricultural chemical business is scrambling to save millions of dollars in inventory. Hubbard calls the scene “total chaos.”

Hubbard says the city work barn has flooded and volunteers are filling sandbags to try to save some properties.

The river jumped by 18 feet (5.5 meters) from noon Thursday to noon Friday according to an automated gauge. Hubbard says forecasters fear a further rise after hours of heavy rain Friday morning.