Turn Around. Don’t Drown
The Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency are both warning of hazardous road conditions throughout Central Mississippi through tonight and into Thursday morning.
The ground is saturated, and flash floods across the region are a real danger. The National Weather Service in Jackson says that rainfall totals range from 4 to 8 inches in some areas.
Several roads in and around Warren County have been closed due to mudslides and tree falls. The kind of damage seen on U.S. Highway 80 is to be expected with the severe weather in the area.
Slow down. Leave extra room for braking. A few minutes of extra time is not worth a life.
“Motorists should avoid traveling any flooded highways in Mississippi,” MDOT Director Melinda McGrath said. “Prior to traveling, be sure to check road and weather conditions, and remain on high alert for roadside crews making repairs and assessing flood damage.”
More than anything else, do not attempt to drive through standing water on the roads. You can’t know how deep the water is or what dangers lurk under the surface, whether it be potholes or debris.
Turn Around. Don’t Drown.
More rain, winds and possible flash flooding are expected through tonight.
— MDOT (@MississippiDOT) February 12, 2020
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