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Jones Co. officials monitor creek flooding

A marker records the rising waters of the Talahala Creek Saturday afternoon. A marker records the rising waters of the Talahala Creek Saturday afternoon.
JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Some Pine Belt waterways are continuing to rise after this week's heavy rainfall and emergency management officials are urging residents who live in flood-prone areas to keep an eye on those rising waters.

In Jones County, the Talahala Creek at Laurel could crest betweem 16.5 and 17 feet by Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

That's almost four feet above flood stage.

Saturday, Jones County Emergency Management officals were out checking flood levels and visiting with residents who were preparing to evacuate if necessary.

"We're concerned," said Jonathan Sites, a resident of Old Sandersville Road. "We're taking proper precautions and all that," he said. 

"We are making those efforts to reach out and make sure that everybody knows that water is coming, don't panic about it, just take your normal, standard preparations that you do and be ready for it by Monday morning," said Lance Chancellor, executive director of Jones County Emergency Management.

Meanwhile, repairs at the Jones County Emergency Operations Center continue, after it took a direct lightning strike Thursday morning. It damaged many of the facility's electronic systems.

Most of them are back in working order, except for tornado warning sirens and the fire department paging system. Until that's repaired, fire departments are being dispatched by radio. 

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