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Update on the Pearl River flooding


Entergy Mississippi is closely monitoring conditions in metro Jackson related to rising levels along the Pearl River. We are working closely with local emergency officials and civil defense departments to monitor the latest information on flood stages and ensure the safety of our employees and the public.

It’s particularly important to be prepared for flooding if you live in a low-lying area near a body of water, such as a river, stream or culvert, or downstream from a dam or levee.

Preparing for flooding

  • Have a family emergency plan and a kit of basic supplies. It’s one of the best ways to be prepared for any type of severe weather.
  • Know your flood risk. Find out if you live, work or travel through areas prone to flooding. Based on what you learn, familiarize yourself with evacuation routes and assess the need for flood insurance.
  • If you own a generator, review the instructions. Be prepared to operate it according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Learn more about generator safety.
  • Particularly if you are considering evacuation, remove all food from freezers and refrigerators. Bring in outdoor furniture, and move important items to a higher elevation if possible. Shut off the electricity by locating your electrical circuit box. For your safety, always shut off all the individual circuits before shutting off the main circuit.

Flood safety

  • Stay away from downed lines. If you see a downed line, keep your distance and call 1-800-ENTERGY (1-800-368-3749) to report it.
  • Avoid areas of debris, as downed and energized power lines may not be visible.
  • Don’t walk or drive through flood waters. Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of water can sweep your vehicle away. In addition, water may be electrified from nearby downed lines.
  • Use extreme caution when navigating boats in flooded areas around power lines to ensure boats and their occupants don’t come into contact with energized lines. 

For more information, consult the Federal Emergency Management Agency's How to Prepare for a Flood.

Terms to know

FLOOD WATCH: Watches inform of possible flooding. If you are in a watch area, check flood action plans, keep informed and be ready to act if a warning is issued or you see flooding.

FLOOD/FLASH FLOOD WARNING: A flood/flash flood warning is issued for specific communities, streams or areas where flooding is imminent or in progress. Persons in the warning area should take precautions immediately. Be prepared to move to higher ground on short notice.  

Sources: FEMA, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mara Hartmann
Manager, Nuclear Communications