Harvey to cause flash flooding, but significant creek, river flooding not expected
Published 7:00 am Wednesday, August 30, 2017
According to early assessments of now tropical storm Harvey issued by The Weather Channel, the storm’s rainfall is nearing an all-time record in the lower 48 states with 48 inches falling in just four days.
After talking with experts at the National Weather Service, Pearl River County Emergency Management Director Danny Manley said he feels it is not likely that significant flooding will occur within the county.
“We are in a slight risk of flash flooding, but as of now the rivers and creeks are well within their banks and should not overflow throughout this storm,” Manley said.
Manley said representatives with the National Weather Service said that Pearl River County should receive 5-10 inches of rain as a result of rainfall from Harvey, which is not enough to create an emergency situation.
However, just because the county is projected not to flood, Manley still suggests that residents keep a close eye on the unpredictable weather.
“There’s no need to panic. I would just watch the weather and avoid areas that normally get a lot of standing water during heavy rains this week,” he said.
A recent report from USA Today predicts Harvey’s path to go back through southeast Texas, pummeling cities like Houston one more time before veering northeast through Louisiana from Thursday into Saturday as a tropical depression. The tropical depression is projected to be just west of Pearl River County at 1 a.m. Thursday morning.