Flood waters crept over Road 836 on Monday as rainfall soaked much of central Mississippi.
Flood waters crept over Road 836 on Monday as rainfall soaked much of central Mississippi.
Mississippi 16 in Leake County could be closed until Friday due to flooding, officials have said.

Flooding in and around Neshoba County has already forced the temporary closure of some local roads, and with more rain on the way today (Wednesday), officials are asking residents to be vigilant about rising water levels.

On Tuesday morning, Highway 16 was closed to traffic in both directions between East Franklin Street outside of Carthage and Midway Road in Leake County due to flooding at Lobutcha Creek.

There was minor flash flooding around the Depot in Philadelphia on Monday and water rose in the parking lot at Lowe’s but didn’t get into vehicles.

As of 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, the rain gauge at WHOC in Philadelphia showed 4.65 inches of rain over the past 24 hours.

The National Weather Service in Jackson has issued a flash flood watch for large portions of central Mississippi. That includes half a dozen counties in east-central Mississippi, including Neshoba, Kemper, Lauderdale, Newton, Noxubee and Winston Counties. The watch will remain in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday.



The alert, issued Tuesday morning, says experts expect an additional two to three inches of rainfall in a short amount of time late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

The NWS also issued a flood warning for the Pearl River above Philadelphia, which it said could impact parts of northern Neshoba County.

Officials are urging residents not to drive or walk through areas where water covers the roadways, because it might be deeper than it appears.