With many parts of the Delta already experiencing flooding due to heavy rainfall with more predicted for the coming days, residents of Sunflower County, especially those near the Big Sunflower River at Sunflower should pay close attention to weather alerts for flooding conditions.
Most of the area is under a flood watch; however, a flood warning continues in effect for those near the river. That warning was in effect from late Wednesday night until further notice.
At 9 a.m., Wednesday the Big Sunflower River was at 16.4 feet and the flood stage is 21 feet. Moderate flooding is expected.
The river was expected to rise above flood stage just after midnight on Wednesday and continue rising until it crests at 26 feet early Saturday afternoon.
The National Weather Service in Jackson has said that the impact at 26 feet will affect low-lying streets along the river in the Town of Sunflower. Moll Road, three miles Northeast of Indianola, is already said to be impassible by car.
This is a dangerous and life-threatening situation, so do not attempt to travel unless you are called to evacuate or you are fleeing from an area that you know to be flood prone.