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Jones County official: Flooding "very dangerous situation"

This portion of Iris Drive in Laurel caved in during heavy rainfall Thursday night. Photo credit WDAM. This portion of Iris Drive in Laurel caved in during heavy rainfall Thursday night. Photo credit WDAM.
LAUREL, MS (WDAM) -

Jones County officials are warning residents of the dangers associated with rising flood waters, after eight inches of rain fell in the county overnight.

"It is a very dangerous situation right now," said Marda Tullos, director of Jones County Emergency Management. 

The steady rain caused a portion of Iris Drive near a drainage creek to cave-in. 

In downtown Laurel, a motorist had to abandon his vehicle Thursday night when it got trapped in rising waters under a railway overpass on Teresa Street.

It was still submerged in several feet of water at noon Friday.  

Also, a culvert on East Paulding Road was washed out. 

No one has been injured so far and Tullos hopes to keep it that way. 

"My main message today is if you can stay off the roads, please do, please do, it's a very dangerous situation," she said.

Tullos said another 2-4 inches of rain is expected in the coming hours. 

She also said the county's FEMA shelter on Ellisille Blvd. has been opened for those who need it. 

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