A slow moving tropical low pressure area associated with the remnants of Tropical Depression #5 dumped excessive amounts of rainfall across Southwestern Mississippi, leading to severe flooding on Wednesday and the threat for more flooding continues.
According to the Adams County Emergency Management, numerous roads and bridges were under water and impassable with some roads and at least 1 bridge washed out due to flooding.
Part of Highway 61 was covered with 6 to 8 inches of water south of the city of Natchez with a bridge out on York Road.
In the Robins Lake area and the Sibley community, residents in low-lying areas were evacuated as water quickly filled ditches and streams and as high water from the 50-acre Robins Lake poured south over the dam on Robins Lake Road, covering approximately 80 yards of the road, rendering it impassable. At least 2 houses in that area were flooded.
A few roads were covered by small mudslides with trees down due to erosion on Lower Woodville and Liberty Roads. The downed trees have since been removed.
Estimated rainfall amounts on the order of 4 to 7 inches occurred from Wednesday morning into the afternoon across much of Adams County with isolated amounts near and over 10 inches over southern Adams County in the vicinity of Sibley, according to the National Weather Service.
This was some of the worst flooding to impact Adams County in many years according to emergency officials. (See slideshow pictures of the severe floods in Adams County and related information)
Due to the significant and damaging floods, a State of Emergency has been declared for Adams County as the threat for more flooding continues.
The Flash Flood Watch that was set to expire late Wednesday evening was extended through Thursday morning across portions of Southwestern Mississippi including McComb and Woodville. The Flash Flood Watch for portions of Central and portions of Northern Mississippi, including the Jackson metro area was allowed to expire.
More heavy rainfall with torrential downpours could develop within the watch area with excessive rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches or more possible in a short period of time, which could certainly lead to additional flooding problems.
Everyone is strongly advised to stay updated on the latest weather conditions and to be prepared for immediate action should heavy rains produce flooding in your area.
Flash Flood Watch Counties: Amite, Pike, Walthall, Wilkinson
Sources: Natchez Democrat News, MEMA, WLBT, NWS