Flooding continues in Forrest, Jones counties

Flooding continues in Forrest, Jones counties

PINE BELT (WDAM) - Flooding continues across the Pine Belt following heavy rains on Thursday and Friday.

In Jones County, several roads and streets were still closed Saturday because of high water.

Roads bordering the city of Laurel like Flynt and Slaughter Pen roads were barricaded.

Emergency management officials said the Talahala Creek is expected to crest Sunday at 20 feet. They said flood damage will be similar to damage done in the spring of 2011.

"Actually, it was March 11 of 2011, five years ago was when we had the same kind of numbers," said Marda Tullos, director of Jones County Emergency Management. "(The Talahala) crested then at 20.7 (feet)."

Tullos is asking residents not to drive around or remove barricades and she said if you have damage or need help, call 911 rather than posting a message on social media.

Meanwhile, residents in north Forrest County are also dealing with serious flooding. Folks who live along Pep's Point Road saw the Bouie River rise all day Saturday.

Some people experienced severe flooding there, while others hoped and prayed the high water would recede.

"It hasn't gotten to the top of the porch," said Nickie Davis, who lives near the intersection of Highway 49. "It hasn't gotten inside, so we're actually doing OK. We park our vehicles up hill over at (a nearby) store and if we need to go, we're ready to go."

Forrest County emergency management officials said 40 roads were closed in the county, while 18 were closed in Hattiesburg.