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County supervisors approve storm proclamation

 

NATCHEZ — Monday morning, local officials prepared to handle potential damages from a tropical storm that passed through parts of Louisiana and Mississippi throughout the weekend.

During a regularly scheduled meeting Monday, the Adams County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a proclamation of a state of emergency in response to Tropical Storm Barry, which had died down to a tropical depression by Sunday afternoon.

The National Weather Service in Jackson issued flash flood warnings in parts of Mississippi and Louisiana on Monday morning as the slow-moving storm dumped as much as 17 inches of rain in parts of Louisiana and between 3 to 7 inches of rain in parts of Mississippi, the warning stated.

Barry made landfall near Intracoastal City, Louisiana, approximately 160 miles west of New Orleans as a Category 1 hurricane Saturday morning, forecasters said.

Barry was quickly downgraded to a tropical storm by Saturday afternoon and downgraded again to a tropical depression Sunday as it moved inland through central Louisiana, its outer bands reaching the west side of Mississippi, forecasters said.

Scattered power outages were recorded through the weekend in Mississippi and Louisiana.

The Associated Press reported approximately 60,000 customers in Louisiana and 3,300 customers in Mississippi were without power Sunday night.

Entergy Customer Service Manager Tim Runnels said most of the outages in Mississippi were recorded south of Jackson while just more than 200 Entergy customers lost power in Adams County.

By Monday morning, power had been restored to all but three customers in Adams County while the area remained under flash flood warnings through the afternoon.

During Monday’s meeting, Adams County Emergency Management Director Robert Bradford said crews responded to flash flooding around Robins Lake and Burkes Road in Adams County.

District 1 Supervisor Mike Lazarus said if the Robins Lake dam breaks, nearby houses would be in danger of flooding and potentially part of U.S. 61 South.

“As you all know, we’ve had a pretty busy weekend, dealing with both the Tropical Storm Barry and now a tropical depression,” Bradford said during Monday’s meeting. “This morning we’ve received a lot of flash flooding throughout the area, and they are predicting rainfall up until Wednesday. … We have teams ready in case of any emergency. In the event that the Robins Lake dam does break, we are prepared for that also.”

In other matters during Monday’s meeting, the board also approved a one-month extension of a state of emergency proclaimed in response to the flood stage of the Mississippi River.

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