Officials assess damage as floodwaters recede

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Jones County officials Saturday assessed flood damage following last Tuesday night's severe storms. With flood waters receding in many parts of the county, Jones County emergency management and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency officials toured several areas which had experienced flooding.

They are putting together a preliminary damage assessment.

They say several homes were damaged. Most roads are open, except for some in the southern part of the county.

"We're starting to assess the damage to the homes," said Don McKinnon, director of Jones County Emergency Management. "The governor did declare a state of emergency yesterday (Friday), in and around the state. We're just having to put together some numbers to see where we are with whether we're going to have the numbers that we'll need for a federal declaration and that's what we're trying to put together now," McKinnon said.

He's warning motorists not to drive on flooded roads and he's reminding them to be on the lookout for wandering wildlife or livestock that may have taken to the streets to escape flood waters.

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