No damage reported from storm

Published 3:37 pm Thursday, April 5, 2012

Tuesday’s late night storm did not result in any reported damage, but some flooding is expected.

Pearl River County Emergency Management Director Danny Manley said high winds and hail occurred during the storm, but there were no reports of damage and no tornadoes spotted.

The southern half of Pearl River County was under a severe weather warning on Tuesday, Manley said. According to warnings issued by the National Weather Service in New Orleans, flooding is expected to occur in the West Hobolochitto Creek and the Pearl River is expected to stay above flood stage at both Bogalusa, La., and Pearl River, La., and to rise slightly over the next few days. Manley said the flooding is not expected to be as severe as it was a couple of weeks ago.

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West Hobolochitto Creek was at 14.3 feet at McNeill and expected to rise to 16 feet and East Hobolochitto was at 11.4 feet at Caesar and expected to rise to 14.5 feet. Flood stage is 15 feet at both locations. The river currently is at 20.3 feet at Bogalusa and at 15.4 feet at Pearl River. Flood stages are 18 feet at Bogalusa and 14 feet at Pearl River.

More rain was possible Wednesday evening, extending into late Thursday and, if it does rain, that could further affect the creek and river stages, a National Weather Service hydrologist said.

National Weather statements say that Boley Creek will rise to about 16 feet at McNeill, but a couple of weeks ago the creek reached 19 feet. By Friday the creek is expected to fall below flood stage. The Pearl River is expected to crest to 20.5 feet at Bogalusa by Sunday, but should fall below flood stage by April 12. The Pearl River at Pearl River is forecast to reach 16.4 feet on Sunday.

Manley does not expect any roads to flood as a result of the recent rainfall. He said county residents can keep up with EOC information on its Facebook page and on Twitter.