For the entire week, Grenada County has been pounded by heavy rains and thunderstorms, which has caused flash flooding and property damage.
One elected official is already calling this week’s weather events historic.
“I know the history of Holcomb pretty good, but this is the first time that water has crossed Hwy. 7 like it did today,” District 5 Supervisor Chad Gray said Thursday morning. “We have hundreds of acres of farmland that’s covered in water.”
Grenada County Emergency Management Agency Director Trebia Rodgers said that more than nine inches have fallen on Grenada County since downpours began Monday.
“I’ve even seen some reports showing up to 16 inches of rain having fallen this week in this area,” Rodgers reported Thursday.
Earlier this week in the mid-town area of Line, Mound and Franklin streets, residents watched flooding waters climb and, in some cases, reach the insides of their homes before receding.
Residents on Covington Drive in Perry Estates walked through knee-high water to retrieve outside pets and belongings that were starting to float away into ditches. As rains continued through Wednesday and Thursday city crews worked throughout the day clearing debris from storm drains to aid in drainage of floodwaters.
“This week, we’ve been adjusting through these challenges of flooding just like other towns in North Mississippi,” City Manager Stan Amos said. “We had area drains that were stopped up and we have tried to remove obstructions immediately. We also relied heavily on the water receding. With more rain coming, we’re at the mercy of Mother Nature.”
Rising waters at Grenada Lake and its tributaries have resulted in some road closures. District 3 Grenada County Supervisor Columbus Hankins said Beaver Dam Road near Cowpen Creek in the northeast has been closed due to a washout. Hankins said Booker T. Taylor Road near Carver Point has also been closed.
Although no roads are currently closed in western Grenada County, the Holcomb area took the majority of the pounding floodwaters.
“We got out at 3:30 this morning and had to work around the water, downed power lines and even a water rescue off of Scott Road,” Gray said Thursday morning.
Scott Road lies near the completely flooded Malmaison Wildlife Management Area. An elderly man had to be rescued from his home due to the threat of rising waters.
“We’ve faced a number of dangers today,” Gray concluded. “A large tree on Sparta Road nearly fell on one of our guys, but luckily he was alright. I personally thank everyone for their patience and we will continue to work on this for the next few day it seems.”
According to the National Weather Service, rain will slack off for the remainder of the afternoon into the evening Thursday with only a 15 percent chance of precipitation. At midnight Friday, rain chances increase to as high as 70 percent. There is at least a 60 percent chance of rain from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. Friday as well as at least a 40 percent chance of rain every hour until 5 p.m.