Mayor Urges Residents To Flee Ahead Of Rising River Waters In Mississippi

"A day after warning residents of Jackson, Mississippi, to “get out now,” the mayor of the state’s biggest city is urging them to not take evacuation warnings lightly as record-setting rain threatens to flood streets and creep into homes within the next two days.

“We want them to get out and be prayerful that the worst does not come,” Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba told CNN’s Pamela Brown on Sunday evening. “We don’t want to risk the potential that it could happen and they be present within their homes.”

Authorities earlier predicted Mississippi’s Pearl River to reach 36 feet and crest by Tuesday due to the rain, but the river is now expected to crest late Sunday through Monday evening before slowly lowering."

Nouran Salahieh and Paradise Afshar report for CNN August 28, 2022.

Source: CNN, 08/29/2022