Mayor advises Mississippi citizens to avoid rising river levels

The mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, urges citizens not to take evacuation advisories lightly as record-setting rain threatens to flood streets and houses in the next two days.

"We urge them to go out and pray," Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba told CNN's Pamela Brown on Sunday. "We don't want them in their houses if anything happens."

Authorities projected Mississippi's Pearl River would reach 36 feet and crest by Tuesday owing to rain, but it will now peak late Sunday through Monday evening before gently receding.

Lumumba told CNN Sunday that people should evacuate the city "as quickly as possible"
“We've seen these disasters as recently as 2020, so we know the damage,” he added.

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced a state of emergency Saturday due to rising river floods. The state has put more than 100,000 sandbags and is employing drones to evaluate river levels.

Reeves said Mississippi is prepared for floods. My government, including MEMA, is constantly watching the situation and striving to react rapidly to floods.

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