JACKSON, Miss. — Tropical Storm Isaac is slowly moving through Mississippi and Louisiana bringing heavy rain and high winds through the states. Residents throughout Mississippi are warned to watch for flooding when the storm reaches their communities.
Gov. Phil Bryant, MEMA Director Robert Latham, Department of Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz and Adjutant General of the Mississippi National Guard Leon Collins all remain on the Gulf Coast in order to better support the local response to the impacts of Isaac.
“Our state will continue to feel the effects of Isaac as it slowly moves north,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “The counties have faced many challenges and are doing a tremendous job at overcoming these obstacles.”
Emergency operations continue for Mississippians affected by the storm with the following updates:
Shelters: 31 shelters across the state are open with 2,160 evacuees housed.
Power Outages: As of 6:30 p.m., more than 35,330 customers were without power, including more than 11,000 Mississippi Power customers, 9,730 Entergy customers and more than 15,300 Electric Power Associations of Mississippi customers. Mississippi Power has already restored power to 18,758 of their customers.
Road closures: Flooding has closed state roads in several counties including Highway 43 between Hickory Nut Road, Harby Burks Road at Henleyfield, and Highway 11 in Pearl River County; Highway 49 between Dedeaux Road and Community Road in Harrison County; Highway 43/603 at Jourdan River, a section of Highway 90 at Whites Bayou near Pearlington, Highway 43/603 between U.S. 90 and Interstate 10 at Bayou La Croix Road, US 90 between Bay St. Louis Bridge to Biloxi Bay Bridge, and Highway 604 north of Pearlington in Hancock County.
Mississippi National Guard: 1,510 National Guard troops were deployed to affected areas.
Mississippi Highway Patrol: 60 troopers from the MHP were deployed to affected areas to assist local law enforcement. Many of these troopers are members of the Special Operations Group, which specializes in search and rescue operations.
Resources: About 144,000 sandbags have been distributed to affected counties, a truckload of generators is staged at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Miss. to be deployed as needed to areas affected by the storm; 20 truckloads of water and two truckloads of tarps are staged and to be distributed as needed.
For up-to-date information on American Red Cross shelters, go to http://mississippi-redcross.org/. For updates on MEMA emergency operations, call the MEMA information line at 1-866-519-6362 or go online to www.msema.org.