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State Begins Assessing Damage From Tropical Storm Lee, Residents Warned of Cresting Rivers

By Rhonda Miller | Published 05 Sep 2011 09:30pm | comments
Some roads in flood-prone areashave been closed because of ising levels of rivers and streams as a result of Tropical Storm Lee.

From the Gulf Coast to Tishomingo County, Mississippi has been through the wringer with Tropical Storm Lee. MPB’s Rhonda Miller reports in addition to torrential rain, flash floods and tornadoes, Lee caused one death before heading out of the state.

Tropical Storm Lee seemed mostly annoying as it drenched Mississippi, until it turned deadly Sunday night when floodwaters swept away a 57-year-old man trying to cross a swollen creek in Coleman State Park in Tishomingo County.

In the capital city, Mayor Harvey Johnson declared a state of emergency because of downed power lines and substantial flooding. Firemen from several Jackson stations evacuated residents from three neighborhoods.

Forrest County Emergency Management Director Terry Steed said Hattiesburg got nine inches of rain in 48 hours.

“We do have quite a bit of flash flooding, streets and roads in the city. We’ve had several trees down over the last couple of days, and spotted power outages, but overall, we’ve been very fortunate and not had much problem,” Steed said.

In Scott County, Emergency Manager Alvin Seaney said some roads had to be closed due to fallen tree limbs and flooding.

"We kind of halfway expected we’d get a lot of rain, but didn’t think we’d quite this month," Seaney said. "It seems like we got 10 inches over about 12 hours."

At least three counties reported tornadoes damaging homes, downing tree limbs and knocking out power.

Authorities across the state are warning residents to be aware of cresting rivers likely to cause flooding during the next few days.

Paul Sanford of Long Beach said, overall, he was glad to see the rain to make up for the long dry spell.

"It wasn’t a bad deal after all. We got the water we needed to fill up the ponds and  local rivers are back up to normal, well, a little bit high now, but they’ll be back down to normal pretty soon," Sanford said.

Today, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and counties across the state will begin assessing damage left by Tropical Storm Lee.



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