JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Clarksdale Mayor Bill Luckett has declared a state of emergency is his Mississippi Delta town, estimating at least 100 houses have been flooded after the area received more than 10 inches of rain.
Luckett tells The Associated Press that the Big Sunflower River and tributaries are out of their banks and flooding homes, businesses and the city school system central office. Flooding is worst on the north side of the town of 18,000 people.
Firefighters have been rescuing people who had water push into their homes Friday morning and the city opened a shelter, but Luckett says only four people came.
Luckett says that while flash flooding is common in Clarksdale and other parts of the table-flat Delta, he can’t recall flooding persisting so long after rain stops or slows.