Wading through thigh-deep water, dozens of nursing home residents clung to a rope stretched across a flooded parking lot on Wednesday as they were evacuated from a Mississippi nursing home.
Residents, aided by firefighters, volunteers and state troopers, passed submerged cars as they departed by school bus from the Peach Tree Village assisted living facility in Brandon, about a 12-mile drive north. east of downtown Jackson.
The catalyst was a slow-moving weather system that flooded the South with record rainfalltriggering flash floods that stranded residents, washed out roads, derailed a train, crept into homes and forced numerous rescues.
The rainfall prompted the National Weather Service to issue a “flash flood emergencyWednesday for nearly 300,000 people in Jackson and surrounding communities.
Flood watches are still in effect until 7:00 p.m. CT in parts of southern Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. There are a few warnings in southern Mississippi and Alabama where a few inches accumulated quickly and led to flash flooding, according to CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller.
“Once the current series of storms fade tonight, the threat really lessens,” Miller added. Although some afternoon showers and thunderstorms remain in the forecast for the next few days, the coverage and intensity compared to the past few days is significantly lower.
According to Brandon Mayor Butch Lee, nearly 3 feet of water from a nearby creek rushed into the seniors’ residence, forcing the stampede to bring its residents to higher ground.
“We can replace things, but people are missing and that’s a good thing,” said John Bilbro, a trustee of Peach Tree Village. CNN WAPT Affiliate. Volunteers were seen rushing out of the care home, carrying wheelchairs and walkers.
Rankin County Constable Gary Windham had “seen the waters rising in this area before, but not like this,” he told WAPT.
About 17 miles away, more than 100 children and 15 employees had to be rescued from the Railroad Center daycare center in Florence due to rapidly rising waters, according to the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office.
The children, some transported by local police and daycare staff, were evacuated in a school bus and flood rescue vehicles that maneuvered during the flood.
Heavy rains on Wednesday, combined with already saturated ground, caused flooding in Mississippi. And it came like Dallas was recovering previous floods and heavy rains that swept away vehicles and resulted in dozens of rescues on the high seas.
Jackson received more than 8.5 inches Tuesday through Wednesday, and parts of Mississippi received more.
Jackson saw 5.05 inches on Wednesday alone, making it the wettest August day on record for the city. And Jackson set a record for the wettest August on record with seven days remaining in the month – 11.57 inches, beating the previous mark of 11.51 inches set in 2008.
While rainfall is not expected to be as heavy or widespread Thursday as it has been for the past two days, more than 5.5 million people were still under flood watch Thursday morning from eastern Texas to Alabama – including half south of Jackson and Mississippi, the weather service said.
Some spots in this area could see 2-4 inches, and with the ground already saturated, more flooding is possible.
The floods caused numerous street closures and damaged roads throughout the region.
In Newton County, Highway 489 buckled, creating a gaping hole that a truck appeared to have fallen into.
“The highway is completely washed away by floodwaters,” The Mississippi Highway Patrol tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
The weather service had warned residents not to drive on flooded roads, saying even a foot of water could wash away a small vehicle.
“If you can’t see the road, you don’t even know if it still exists underwater. Water can collapse the road bed, leaving nothing underwater,” the weather service said. warned.
As heavy rain hit the area, the ground gave way under some tracks in Brandon and two pressurized train cars carrying carbon dioxide broke off a train and rolled into a 20-foot ditch, the official said. mayor.
Brandon officials said the derailment was not a danger to nearby neighborhoods.
There have also been several reports of water rushing into homes and businesses.
“The only thing I have is the stuff I have now. The rest of my stuff is all messed up,” Carthage resident SL Wilder told WLBT.
“I haven’t seen anything like it and I’ve been here for 21 years,” fellow Carthage resident Abraham Evans told the station.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled the first name of John Bilbro, a trustee of Peach Tree Village, and the name of the assisted living facility.