Friday, May 10, 2024

Mayor Declares State of Emergency, Boil Water Notice Issued

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and JXN Water issued the following statement. 

Mayor Lumumba

Today, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba declared a State of Emergency in Jackson after a severe storm system caused widespread damage to homes, businesses and public property, threatening the health, safety and welfare of Jackson residents. 
The Jackson area experienced excessive rain and wind speeds between 60 to 70 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. 
The severe weather caused widespread power outages, including to the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant, which resulted in low water pressure throughout the City and a boil-water alert for ALL surface water customers. 
The State of Emergency will be reviewed every seven days until the local emergency is no longer in effect. It is further ordered that all agencies and departments of the City of Jackson shall render all possible assistance and implement emergency responsibilities and protocols. 

JXN Water

JXN Water has issued a systemwide precautionary boil water advisory that will be in effect for the surface water system until lifted.

Customers who are supplied water from the well system – about 6,000 connections – are not affected.

At approximately 7 a.m. power was restored at O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant. “It will take many hours for the system to recover and some places may take longer,” said Ted Henifin, JXN Water interim third-party manager.

Customers are asked to continue to conserve water until further notice. The systemwide issue is known and there is no need to report pressure issues to Customer Care at this time.



Anonymous said...

Hard to boil water when you don’t have power.

Anonymous said...

The mayor IZZZ the state of emergency!!

Anonymous said...

What are the locations in Jackson which are provided from a well system? That actually is the first time I heard about it.

Anonymous said...

Attn, 1:40. I used to have those problems, then I moved to Madison, the city. Mayor Mary takes care of business, and she doesn’t have to have a tv camera in her face every day.

Anonymous said...

This is just an opportunity for the grifter to appear to look like he cares about Jackson.

Anonymous said...

The mayor is trying to appear relevant.

Anonymous said...

“Hard to boil water when you don’t have power.”
Unless you have a gas stove.

Anonymous said...

I've been drinking the water all day. When did this start and why didn't they say something this morning?

Anonymous said...


I knew at 7AM this morning. If you're gonna live in Jackson, you gotta chack the news before drinking a glass of water. Anyway, dibs on your stuff.

Anonymous said...

Sad that a normal, summer storm can cause a city to fall to its knees. City has declared disasters for water, trash, and now a thunderstorm? The only disaster is the mayor.

Howard Ballou said...

@ 2:37 PM - WLBT reported it at 6:15 AM today.

Anonymous said...

Bottled water is a cost of living in Jackson, I buy it by the gallon and never drink from a faucet. Keep your expectations low enough and avoid disappointment.

City Emergency Plan said...

1. Declare "state of emergency"
2. Apply for federal funds for equitable and inclusive emergency generator
3. Buy two generators (from a friend) - one for the Chowke residence and one for the water plant.

Anonymous said...

@3:31, not defending the city but that was more than a normal thunderstorm. It’s good to have context before you make comments and look silly.

Anonymous said...

Advice for drinking water in Tijuana or Jackson:

Don't Drink the Water!!!

Anonymous said...

Will the NAACP file another complain because the water plant doesn't have a DEI generator?

Anonymous said...

“ @3:31, not defending the city but that was more than a normal thunderstorm. It’s good to have context before you make comments and look silly.”

A tornado didn’t hit Jackson. The city always looks like that! But seriously, the only place in the area declaring an emergency is Jackson. There are some limbs down and a tree or two but I’m with 3:31

Anonymous said...

Will this require a new garbage contract?

Anonymous said...

Has anyone seen the mayors of any of the Rankin county cities that were badly hit by this storm in the news crowing about a state of emergency? Or were they in the thick of it getting power back on and roads cleared? I’m proud to not live in Jackson. Kind of like Haley vs Nagen post Katrina.

Anonymous said...

2:02, parts of south Jackson and north Byram are on the Maddox Rd well system... these are areas west of the I-55 corridor. The corridor areas are on surface water.

Byram has tried to buy the existing (completely rusted out) water lines from Jackson, in hopes of installing their own water system, but Chowkie has a wildly unrealistic idea of what they're worth, so it's stalemated. Jackson won't sell at a realistic price and won't replace any of crumbling lines, so the citizens of both cities suffer. And people who live outside Jackson but within 2 miles of the city limit, pay DOUBLE the normal water rate! True story!

Anonymous said...

I know it's hard to believe or trust anything this mayor says or does, based on his track record, but I think this a bona fide State of Emergency situation.

Not to worry, I'm sure there will a contract to steer on the back end.

Anonymous said...

" Kind of like Haley vs Nagen post Katrina."

Great analogy 8:22.

Definition Police said...

“It will take many hours for the system to recover and some places may take longer,”

How can it take longer than 'many'? I don't know of a point that exceeds 'many'. Do you?

And don't say 'most'! Most just means one more than the median.

Anonymous said...

May 10, 2024 at 8:43 PM


Anonymous said...

Attn 4:54 It was the same storm that hit Canton, Madison, Ridgeland, pearl, Brandon, etc.

Anonymous said...

How many other city or county water systems shut down after the storms that night? Yeh, that’s what I thought.

Chowke, Steer Those Contracts said...

Did Socrates get the generator contract yet?

Anonymous said...

If it’s called Montezuma’s Revenge in Tijuana, does that mean we call it Lumumba’s Revenge in Jackson?

Anonymous said...

"Dibs on your stuff" BWAHAHAHAHAHA

Anonymous said...

Why doesn’t the mayor draw a glass of water out of a sink in his office and drink it on live tv.

Anonymous said...

Maybe during the state of emergency he can get that red light at Lakeland and Ridgewood fixed. It's been out since the storm and no one seems to care. Everything around it has power, there's a substation next to it. But no functioning red light.

Anonymous said...

It was still off this morning. Capital Police were out there the first 2 days directing traffic in the 5 pm rush. I dropped off bottled water and gaterade for them one day.

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