The Leflore County Board of Supervisors issued an emergency proclamation Saturday afternoon in anticipation of Hurricane Ida, the approaching storm that is expected to hit the Gulf Coast late Sunday.
The county’s proclamation, which goes into effect at 12 a.m. Sunday for 30 days, gives county employees the ability to protect residents’ homes and businesses, such as placing sandbags, said Reginald Moore, the board’s president.
The board voted 4-0 during a special called meeting at the Leflore County Courthouse to approve the proclamation, Moore said. Leflore County District 3 Supervisor Anjuan Brown was absent from the meeting while District 1 Supervisor Sam Abraham attended the meeting by phone, Moore said.
Earlier Saturday, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves issued a state of emergency in anticipation of the storm, which will allow the state to utilize resources for disaster relief if needed, such as for search and rescue missions.
“We thought it was fitting to go with our own proclamation because we are now under a flash flood watch,” Moore said.
From Sunday night until Tuesday, the Jackson Bureau of the National Weather Service has flagged Leflore County and neighboring counties in the Delta as under an “elevated threat” of flooding, with 4 to 8 inches of rain possible as well as the possibility of road closures.
During this same time frame, Leflore County has also been flagged for a “limited threat” for severe winds that can reach between 30 to 45 miles per hour, creating the possibility of downed trees and power lines and isolated power outages, according to the National Weather Service. Additionally, the county is under a “marginal risk” for severe storms with rain bands that can bring damaging gusts of wind and the possibility of tornadoes.
Moore said that he is hoping the county will be OK but wanted to be prepared.
“Hope for the best but expect the worst,” he said.
Ida hit Cuba on Friday and is now predicted by the National Hurricane Center to strike Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane late Sunday, with wind speeds as high as 140 miles per hour, according to The Associated Press.
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