POPLARVILLE, Miss. (WLOX) - From filling sandbags to notifying storm shelters and clearing out drainage ditches, city and county officials are hoping for the best but planning for the worst.
“Our public works department are of course cleaning out some gutters and storm drains, making sure that they are able to flow a lot better leading up to the storm," said Poplarville Mayor Rossie Creel.
In Picayune, first steps have been taken to protect the community.
“With so many unknowns, we kind of generally get and make sure we have sandbags filled and ready to go," said Picayune Fire Chief Keith Brown. “We have sand in place. We also start making our rounds to make sure that drains are not clogged and start picking up debris and so on and so forth."
Pearl River County’s emergency management team has also been busy at work getting ready for whatever this storm may bring.
“It’s kind of a progression. One thing we like to do early is get out sandbagging operations up and running, and we’ve done that," said Danny Manley, PRC’s emergency management director. "Those should be ready to go by tomorrow morning. We’ve got shelters on standby, one in Picayune and one in Poplarville.”
With the Mississippi River flooding already being a problem this year, county officials are prepared for rising water situation as well.
“I’ve been working with the director of MEMA and the Office of Homeland Security, State of Mississippi getting the Mississippi Task Force. They have the swift water rescue assets, high water vehicles, as well as boat teams," Manley said. “We are working a plan, and I’ll have that finalized tomorrow morning."
"We put out pertinent information as soon as we get it,” Manley said.