Rapidly rising floods caused by thunderstorms moving slowly have prompted Flash Flood Emergencies in some areas of Mississippi, requiring immediate rescue efforts.
On Thursday morning, the National Weather Service stated that Louisville and Ackerman had received over 6-12 ” of rain, with another 3-5 inches still on the way at 2-3 inches per hour.
Multiple buildings and cars have been inundated, and water rescues are continuing, according to the Louisville Police Department and the National Weather Service.
Fortunately, no reports of injuries have come in.
Meanwhile, a spotter has reported 12.91 inches of rain in the Louisville region as of Thursday, causing flooding to wash away many highways.
Jason Pugh, the Sheriff in Winston County, said they had vehicles drive headlong into the water. He said two of their vehicles were completely submerged in water at two different locations.
Pugh stated that several roads and highways are closed and completely underwater.
As lunchtime came, the rain continued, and Pugh reported that floods had risen to levels not seen in a very long time.
Pugh added that water had entered numerous homes, and it was becoming increasingly challenging to respond to individuals in their homes because of the rising water levels.
Similar flooding and traffic closures have occurred in neighboring Ackerman. According to the NWS, a church in the area was flooded, and a roof fell at another structure in town. According to another observer, flooding had begun to surge into Main Street establishments.
To accommodate flood victims, a temporary shelter has been established in Louisville.
Pugh is asking people to avoid going outside if they can and to be wary of flooded highways since the water level may be greater than it appears, and the roads may be wiped out below.
The constant precipitation has also caused Flash Flood Warnings for areas near Louisville. These warnings extend into western Alabama, where flooding has forced the closure of a part of Interstate 20/59 in Sumter County.
Parts of southern Arkansas, including Stamps, received 8-10 inches of rain in only a few hours as severe storms moved over the Mississippi Valley on Wednesday.
Multiple roads in the region have been reported to be impassable, and flooding has been recorded inside structures in Stamps, according to the National Weather Service.