Jones officials: 90% of roads open after flooding

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Jones County officials are wrapping up their assessment of damage following last week's historic flooding. Next step, is to wait and see if the county qualifies for any federal assistance.

Emergency management officials say it could take a couple of weeks before we know if the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will step in to assist those who suffered damages.

Meanwhile, more than 90 percent of the roadways in the county are now free of flood waters.

Among the last roads to open was Three Mile Stretch at the Talahala creek near Ellisville.

"The new bridges and the new construction, the new roadways and things like that, I believe they caused the water to get out of here a little quicker, so it didn't get up as high as it could possibly have gotten," said Don McKinnon, director of Jones County Emergency Management. "Back in the old days with those older bridges and smaller openings to get the water through, it would have gotten a lot higher in the City of Laurel and other areas," McKinnon said.

He said 19 counties in the state received some type of flooding from last Tuesday night's severe weather.

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