Mississippi, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois , Ohio, Arkansas and other states are going thru VERY rough weather…..
A pandemic hasn’t been enough?
The flooding crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, is causing schools and local governments to shift their weekly plans as residents remain unable to drink fresh water.
The big picture: The Pearl River flood has caused water pressure issues in Mississippi’s capital city, leaving many residents without running water. The crisis is now taking a toll on cities, residents and local sports teams.
Driving the news: Residents of Jackson can’t currently “flush toilets, fight fires and meet other critical needs” due to the flooding, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reevessaid Tuesday.
- The governor announced a state of emergency and activated the National Guard to assist the city.
- Dr. Daniel P. Edney, the state’s health officer, said the city of Jackson should work with state response teams and contractors who will soon arrive to help, per WLBT.
State of play: Jackson Public Schools said they would shift toward virtual learning on Aug. 30. The school system said it would announce an in-person return when it is safe to do so. JPS did not respond to Axios’ request for comment.
- Deion Sanders, head coach of the Jackson State football team, said they are facing “a little crisis” from the flooding and may have to cancel or move practice, Sports Illustrated reports.
- “We are hit with a little crisis in the city of Jackson,” Sanders said. “We don’t have water. No water means we don’t have air conditioning. Can’t use the toilet… we don’t have ice, which pretty much places a burden on the program.”
- The City of Jackson said in a statement Monday that it would declare a water system emergency….
Severe thunderstorms rolled through southern Michigan and northwest Ohio on Monday, leaving more than 650,000 customers without power in the region and killing three people, including an 11-year old boy who was swept into a drain as the storm system stretched into Arkansas, the authorities said.
A line of storms, which had dissipated by Monday night, produced wind gusts from 60 to 80 miles per hour in parts of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, prompting severe thunderstorm warnings throughout the day, said Bob Oravec, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
The impact of the storm system extended south into Arkansas, where heavy rainfall and flash flooding swept through the northern part of the state, said Joe Sellers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service….