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High Waters in Simpson County

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SIMPSON COUNTY, Miss. - Last night's line of severe storms rocked the Pine Belt leaving it's mark throughout the area, made visible this morning. Wind damage and flooding was reported.

High water blocked Highway 49, closing the North and Southbound Lanes.

"It exceeded it's boundaries, and overflowed out into the highway. We've since contacted D.O.T, and Mississippi highway patrol and tried to get as many available units as we can to help divert traffic," said Sergeant, Chris Wallace of the Simpson County Sheriff's Office.

Drivers were re-routed and, re-directed to highways 13 and 18.

M-DOT officials says the reason for the flooding on US Highway 49, both North and Southbound is an overflow coming from Dabbs Creek.

According to the Simpson County Sheriff's Department these waters reached dangerous levels at close to nine this morning, and that's when transportation forces were called in.

"I received a call about 8:30, to come over to Simpson County and to help out with this flooding that they're having over here," said Sergeant Arzrito Mark, MDOT Enforcement Officer.

The creek feeding the Strong River is estimated to be six to 10 inches above normal, and will peak before it recedes.

"This area of 49, it's going to be very slow. People just need to be careful, slow down and I mean just watch for the water," Wallace said.

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