Jackson, MS (February 14, 2020)— Major flooding is expected to occur in Jackson this weekend as the Pearl River is expected to crest at a historically high level of 38 feet. According to the National Weather Service, this will be the 3rd highest crest after the Jackson floods of 1979 and 1983, respectively. Certain areas of Jackson have been placed under a mandatory evacuation due to the risk of severe flooding, and the city has made sandbags available for pickup.
The Salvation Army is actively monitoring the situation and preparing to serve if needed. Major Robert Lyle and Lieutenant Thomas Johnson of The Salvation Army Jackson, MS Corps attended today’s emergency management meeting, along with state and local emergency management officials, at the Hinds County Emergency Operations Center in downtown Jackson. The Salvation Army Jackson Corps’ emergency disaster services teams are on standby and ready to deploy if needed.
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The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.