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Hundreds still flooded from homes in Mississippi capital

People in and around the Mississippi capital of Jackson are bracing for more flooding as the rain-swollen Pearl River continues to rise.

Posted: Feb 17, 2020 2:34 PM
Updated: Feb 17, 2020 6:49 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The swollen Pearl River appears to have crested in Mississippi’s capital of Jackson at just under 37 feet, but Gov. Tate Reeves warned the hundreds of evacuees not to rush back home until they get the all clear.

The Pearl is forecast to fall below major flood stage at 36 feet around midnight Tuesday.

Flooding in Jackson, Miss. (WLBT)

More problems could arise if heavier-than-forecast rain falls in the next few days.

No injuries were reported from the major flooding in central Mississippi and southern Tennessee.

As the high water recedes, officials expect to find damaged roads and problems with water and sewage lines.

In Savannah, Tennessee, two houses slid down a muddy bluff into the Tennessee River, although its residents had fled earlier.

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