Monday’s storms spare Miss-Lou

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 14, 2001

After nearly three inches of rain drenched the Miss-Lou this weekend and more on Monday, the community should get a short reprieve from wet weather over the next few days, Chad Entremont, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson said.

&uot;After tonight the rain chances are going to diminish, and it looks pretty good,&uot; Entremont said.

The region may receive some additional rain Monday night, but Tuesday and Wednesday should be dry with some chance of rain on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Entremont said.

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From 7 a.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday, Adams County received 1.68 inches of rain, he said.

With additional rainfall Monday morning and that afternoon, Adams County probably received less than 2.5 inches total – nothing unusual for a summer rainstorm, Entremont said

Adams County Civil Defense Director George Souderes said his calculations showed that Natchez got about three inches of rain over the weekend. He had not heard of any major storm damage except for a few down trees and waterlogged streets in usual areas such as Lower Woodville Road and Melrose-Montebello.

&uot;As long as we get rain in the morning and it moves on out and it gives us time for everything to run off … We’re in pretty good shape,&uot; Souderes said.

Natchez is slightly over its average August rainfall total, but not a large amount, Souderes said.

&uot;What concerns me is the ground’s all wet,&uot; Souderes said.

That can cause landslides and sinkholes and cause trees to fall, he said.

David Gardner, engineer for the City of Natchez, said the city did fair during the storm.

&uot;We were lucky this time,&uot; he said.

So far, Gardner knew of one small sinkhole on the northwest corner of Main and Canal streets that took place during the storm.

Officials with the Adams County Sheriff’s Department and the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Department did not have any reports of storm damage.

Natchez Police Chief Willie Huff said he had not heard of any storm damage reports but he wants to remind the public to be careful when driving.

&uot;They just need to be aware that their car won’t stop as fast on a wet road as it does on a dry road, … drive defensively and watch for hydroplaning,&uot; Huff said.

The community was to stay under a flash flood watch until early Monday evening, Entremont said.