Friday, February 14, 2020

Jackson Orders Evacuation, Rez Update

The city of Jackson issued the following statement.

WHEREAS, the Mayor of the City of Jackson, Mississippi, pursuant to Section 45-17-1, et seq., of the Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, has declared and issued a civil.emergency proclamation in the wake of the flood warning issued by the National Weather Service for an area including the City of Jackson; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor ofthe City of Jackson, Mississippi, pursuant to Section 45-17-7, et seq., of the Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, has the authority to issue such other orders as are necessary for the protection of life and property and in the interest of public safety and welfare, after proclamation of a civil emergency; and

WHEREAS, evacuation of parts of the City of Jackson is necessary and expedient for the health, safety, welfare and good order to protect the public peace, preserve lives and property, and economic stability.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Mayor of the City of Jackson, Mississippi, pursuant to the authority vested in me by Section 45-17-7, et seq., ofthe Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, and in the public interest and for the general welfare of the City of Jackson do hereby issue this Order to Evacuate for the following areas: any area near the Pearl River, some areas in  Northeast Jackson, Westbrook Rd., S. West St. area, Hightower Community, River Rd., Silas Brown  St., and any areas where structures flood when the Pearl River is at 33 feet or higher, including  all streets delineated in the attached list.

IT IS ORDERED that evacuation shall begin at 12 noon on Friday, February 14, 2020 and be accomplished by 12 noon on Saturday, February 15, 2020.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this Order shall be in effect for seven {7) days from execution and will be reviewed every seven {7) days until such local emergency and hazard is no longer in effect and proclaimed terminated by the Mayor of the City of Jackson, State of Mississippi.

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District issued the following statement.

Barnett Reservoir officials are continuing to hold water in the 33,000-acre lake north of Jackson to delay flooding downstream on the Pearl River, after as much as seven inches of rain fell in the basin this week.

The National Weather Service is still forecasting a crest of 38-feet in Jackson on Sunday morning, which would be the third highest on record. By comparison, the river reached 39.58 on May 25 1983.

Areas that flooded during that event should expect some impact this weekend. During Friday’s conference call with Barnett Reservoir, National Weather Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies, it was reported that many sites in the Pearl River basin north of the lake had already crested and were beginning to fall. That water is still headed to the reservoir, where a peak inflow of 83,000 cubic feet per second is forecast for Sunday.

“We will hold off releasing the bulk of the water as long as we can to give residents time to prepare downstream,” said John Sigman, General Manager of Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, the state agency that oversees operation of the lake. “We increased our release at the dam this morning to 65,000 cubic feet per second and didn’t see much impact on the river. We will hold at that point for the next 24 to 48 hours with a close eye on the river and lake levels.”

Barnett Reservoir’s level was 296.65 at 9 a.m. Friday, up over a foot in 24 hours and is rising. It is expected to climb at least two more feet by Sunday. “We used a lot of storage over the past 24 hours, but we still have room to
hold additional water,” Sigman said. “The longer we can hold it, the more time people have to prepare. At 300 feet, our emergency spillway would self-activate and would reduce the lake by 10 feet. We will have no option other than to increase our release through the dam to prevent that catastrophe.”

The PRVWSD will have a sandbags available for citizens to pick up beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Reservoir Park Road in front of the PRVWSD Maintenance Facility. Sand bags will be available as long as supplies last.

Rankin EOC will also have sandbags available at 601 Marquette Road, Brandon MS 39042.  Visit @PRVWSD on Twitter or Facebook for links to NOAA maps of river flood extents.


Anonymous said...

Head for the hills-

Big-D said...

All the Jackson trash that will be coming down the Pearl. I'll try to get some pictures.

Anonymous said...

A bit uncalled for, 10:22. Lives are literally in danger.

Anonymous said...

Could he be any more vague?

“Near the Pearl River.”

“Some areas of NE Jackson.”

Anonymous said...

A 7 day evacuation? So downtown is closed for 7 days?

Pappy Odaniel said...

Well, all you ambulance chasing, ditch-walkin, big truck freedom fighting lawyers get hour John boats ready. “The mayor didn’t evacuate my street...he said it wasn’t going to flood Kennef Avenue so we lost everything”. And all you Jacksonites rejoice the FEMA dollars bout to rain down. You think that no-show census worker money is ain’t seen nothin yet...and a presidential election gonna need two sacks for this one.

Anonymous said...

What kind of location does this apply to" Around about the area of somewhere near". So what is open and what it closed?

Anonymous said...

10;54, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure this out. If you live in a low spot, close to the river or a feeder off the river, get your stuff together and get out or make preparations to get out. If you have to be told exactly what street may flood(no one can do it all for you), you may not need to own property.

Anonymous said...

Can the Jackson Police Dept. Guarantee it can protect evacuated homes & businesses from looters?

Anonymous said...

"when the Pearl River is at 33 feet or higher" doesn't everything flood? so it's a citywide evacuation?

John said...

He's "ordered" the evacuation. What is people don't evacuate? Does JPD have the authority or manpower to make them leave, or is it simply a good idea to evacuate?

Great Floods of 2020 said...

Be patient, grasshoppers. Mayor Baby Chok is agressively working on some radical ideas that will fix all of Jackson's ills.

Couldn't y'all just see him overflowing with ideas and confidence at yesterday's presser? That ladies and gentlemen is a born leader.

Jacktown is truly blessed to have such an accomplished chief executive.

Anonymous said...

Hang on Sloopy
Sloopy hang on!

Cynical Sam said...

Because of Baby Chok's astute leadership, sand and sandbags will only be available between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, closed weekends and holidays. Bring your own shovel and strong back.

Old and/or infirm? Bad back? Too bad! Suck it up, snowflakes, and start shoveling!

No worries; Baby Chok has your back.

Anonymous said...

Mean spirits and ignorance are on full display in many of the comments. Here's is a list of why your remarks are contemptible:

1.From the first announcement, included was a direction to MEMA's site and phone number for specific information. That site included a list of expected at risk areas that was and is extremely specific. Last night, there was a stream listing every street and area in Jackson at risk. It's even alphabetical. The news channel have an easy click to the information on their sites.

2.Not everyone has the financial means to evacuate their belongings, physically move their " stuff" and pets or who even have a place they can afford to go. Even when those who do, there aren't enough UHauls. They don't have a truck or van. Relocating costs money. You've got to buy food. Going to a shelter is a " last resort" for most humans.

3.Not everyone can afford flood insurance or to take a loss and still get into another house.

4.Those who can afford to evacuate do. Some of them even have the resources lined up to get back in their homes quickly. They don't have to wait for insurance or assistance from anywhere. They've wait the costs and benefits of relocating and decided to simply keep fixing the damage.

5. This is the second " hundred year flood" in just less than 21 years. In the one in 1979, hundreds of the homes flood were not in the flood plain for even a 100 year flood.

6. Number 5 is the excuse "the powers that were" used not to take measures to better protect Jackson from flooding save cleaning out some creeks ONE time after the Easter flood of 1979. And, the greedy certainly didn't want to stop from paving over more which means the water runs off instead of being absorbed. More than a few good plans existed then when the costs would have been less and the money could have been obtained. And, the warnings from this administration and response from MEMA is far better now than then.

Really, some of you really are awful examples of humanity.

Anonymous said...

The Northside Sun published what I have found to be the most clear information on where the flooding will be. Its listed by the streets that will be effected at the water level.

Pappy Odaniel said...

It’s pretty irresponsible of these emergency operations guys to tell people to go to the website and look at the map model and see if their house will get flooded. Those models are pretty good, but the more extreme the event the lower the accuracy of the model. And ultimately it is just a planning tool and using it to find street address level accuracy is just plain stupid.

Anonymous said...

" pursuant to the authority vested in me "

I'm sure that's the mayor's favorite part of this proclamation.

I'really do hope folks take the warning seriously.
(I remember the 79' flood like it was last week)

Also, I think the JPD Training academy "shelter" might be an interesting story in itself,

Where will the JPD recruits be housed during all of this ?

Or do they even have a class at this time ?

Anonymous said...

If you own a house anywhere near the Pearl in Jackson you can no longer get a loan on that house without flood insurance. The rule was put in place after the Easter Flood when homeowners where rebuilding.

Anonymous said...

I pray the animals in the zoo or what is left of it, are on high ground and that whoever is supposed to be caring for them can row a boat to get to them.

Anonymous said...

6:41 where do you think the zoo is located? A 10,000 year flood with a 56 ‘ level will have to occur to swamp the present location.

Cynical Sam said...

If the flood reaches the zoo, Baby Chok has an ark that will transport those animals to safety. Baby Chok is full of radical ideas. He is known by his friends as "bright spark."

Anonymous said...

8:51 - Thanks, but how many people (other than your nerd self) do you think know the mean sea level number of the land where the zoo sits? Do you actually find it odd when people wish others well while you know others actually ARE well?

Anonymous said...

Hate has swamped our town
It’s a shame
Spite has risen to 10,000’
And the hate is in gods name
Who’s to blame
Who’s to blame
Who’s to blame

Anonymous said...

8:51 Apparently 6:41 is at least thinking about the animals in the zoo, which is more than your mayor is doing.

Anonymous said...

In other words "these are the designated looting areas for the next 7 days."

Suscribe to latest on JJ.

Recent Comments

Search Jackson Jambalaya

Subscribe to JJ's Youtube channel


Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).

Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.

In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

Note: Security provided by INS.

Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

Note: Security provided by INS