Saturday, February 15, 2020

Rez to Releases More Water, Free Storage Available

Governor Tate Reeves Declares State of Emergency.  Video posted below. 

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

Barnett Reservoir officials continue to work with local and national partners to limit flooding down steam of the 33,000-acre lake north of Jackson, where the National Weather Service predicts the Pearl River to crest at 38 feet Sunday at 6 p.m.

After as much as seven inches of rain fell in the Pearl River basin this week, the reservoir has used storage space to slow the flood’s approach of the city but is now nearing capacity.

At 38-feet, Jackson would suffer its third highest river 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 Saturday’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 crested and inflows into the lake were expected to peak at about 83,000 cubic feet per second Saturday evening. Reservoir officials plan to hold water as long as possible. “We committed to allow time for the people downstream to evacuate and prepare, and we will hold to that promise as long as we can,” said John Sigman, General Manager of Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, the state agency that oversees operation of the lake. “Our plan is to hold discharge through the dam at the current level through today at 6 p.m., and then we will slowly start increasing the flow. We will reach capacity and have no option but to release the water.”

Sigman said the plan was to slowly take the release up to match the inflow, which should create a flow of 80,000 cubic feet per second through the dam.

The reservoir was at 297.8 feet above sea level and on a fast rise. The week began with a level of  295.1.

Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and the Rankin County Board of Supervisors are providing  sandbags to residents affected by the flooding. They can be picked up at Lakeshore Park off  Northshore Parkway at Barnett Reservoir.  Volunteers are welcome to assist at Lakeshore Park.

Kingfish note:   U-Haul is offering free storage to those seeking to escape flood damage. WLBT reported:

If you’re still in the process of packing up before the water reaches your home, U-Haul is offering metro-area residents 30 days of free self-storage.

The company’s disaster relief assistance program is available at 5 locations:

•2234 HWY 80. W, Jackson
•4181 Northview Dr., Jackson
•1414 Gibralter Dr, Jackson
•4494 HWY80 East, Pearl
•3001 White Blvd, Pearl
 Governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency this morning.


Anonymous said...

Kudos to UHaul.

Meow said...

Where has Gen Boyles been all my life?

Anonymous said...

Y’all hate Jackson

Let it drown right?

Anonymous said...

Get use to this. We are all paying the toll for burning coal.

Anonymous said...

According to the Nat'l Weather Service, on February 11th - for almost 6 hours - the good folks at the Reservoir *cut* outflow at a time when there was no rainfall and no flooding yet down river.

No one seems to be able to tell me why they would cut output at a time when they should have been releasing water to make more room for the current deluge that was due to start coming in the next day.

In a game of inches, every bit of room in that reservoir matters...

Anonymous said...

Why do they always have hand talkers on these reports. What are the odds of “anybody deaf and dumb” tuning in? Why would someone who can’t lip read watch a program like this. I also saw a report from somewhere else that a non hand talker was filmed numerous times doing nothing but pretending to hand talk. No doubt another waste created by some elected government bureaucrat. I guess what I am saying is, if a deaf person lives near you, don’t assume they have been notified.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a bleeding heart leftist and I suspect you are trolling, but c'mon. The American Sign Language interpreter probably volunteered.

It is SOP when there is an emergency to reach as many citizens as possible.

Maybe you need to go watch the classic pilot episode of The Waltons entitled, The Foundling

Anonymous said...

Why don't these climate clowns ever go after China and India whose carbon output is exponentially higher than the output of the US?

Anonymous said...

Help me understand what Uhaul has done or will do.

Anonymous said...

It is customary to read a post before you comment on it. It saves you from making foolish comments.

Anonymous said...

“Hand talker ?” What messed up childhood event make you hate the deaf and interpreters? Wow

Anonymous said...

@730 uhaul is allow the free use of their empty storage units at their facilities to store peoples stuff while they move it out of their homes while under the threat of flooding. I also think they are allowing free use of their box trucks as well to help facilitate the emergency moves, however I may be mistaken on the truck use.

Anonymous said...

In some instances, sign language interpreters are required by law. I thought the gentlemen doing this for the flood talk was fascinating and had a genuine talent.

Anonymous said...

@3:28 - Sign language helps supplement comprehension for deaf people, even if they do lip read, and even if they can actually see moving lips on a TV screen. And, of course, deaf people have trouble lip reading mumbling, mouth breathers like you.

Anonymous said...

15 Feb @ 2:24, you cut the flow to try and mitigate any flooding downstream if possible.

By reducing outflow, it gives water below the dam to drop some and hopefully reduce the impact on homes and businesses, but I'm sure as a wanna-be TV watching hydrologist you know all the in & out of water I think you're a moron.

Anonymous said...

1:54......yea I hate Jackson and what stupid DemocRATS have done to a once viable productive city. Use to be a showplace of southern cities, BUT

I wouldn't wish a flood on my worst enemy. Watching a slow motion disaster moving towards your home has got to be almost as bad as watching a family member die in front of you. Hopefully most people were able to save their belongings and valuable family mementos.

Anonymous said...

'I'm not a bleeding heart leftist and I suspect you are trolling, but c'mon. The American Sign Language interpreter probably volunteered.

It is SOP when there is an emergency to reach as many citizens as possible."

I'm all for reaching everyone in an emergency.

But Lawd, we see this same cast of characters all
around the planet when there's an emergency.

Only one or two folks understand what's really going on, then the sign language interpreter is brought out at the presser.

It appears to be a bit "self serving" for the so called leaders at times.
Especially when twenty other stoic faced pawns are on stage behind "said leader".

I won't comment on (closed captioning) and other technology for the hearing impaired.

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