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Gov. Bryant issues State of Emergency for MS River flooding

Gov. Bryant signing the State of Emergency. (Photo source: Gov. Phil Bryant) Gov. Bryant signing the State of Emergency. (Photo source: Gov. Phil Bryant)
MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

Wednesday afternoon, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant issued a State of Emergency for the approaching threat of major flooding.

According to a press release, the State of Emergency will cover 'all counties along the Mississippi River, its tributaries and any other parts of the state that may be affected.'

"We are told this flood will be just below the historic record flood of 2011,” Gov. Bryant said. "Our citizens have time to prepare and should begin taking actions now."

Issuing a State of Emergency will allow local governments to request sate assistance to assist with recovery and response that occur due to flooding. 

The crest is expected to begin in Tunica on Jan. 10, Greenville on Jan. 14, Vicksburg on Jan. 16 and Natchez on Jan. 18. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is coordinating with the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, county emergency managers, state agencies, volunteer organizations and levee boards in regards to planning and response activities. 

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