Several inches of rain brings sewage to surface

Greenville may have had a wet weekend, but according to Washington County Emergency Management Supervisor David Burford, there were no injuries, casualties or missing persons due to flooding.

Burford said that north Washington County received between 8 and 11 inches of rain over the weekend, while the southern part of the county measured between 5 and 10 inches of precipitation.

In Greenville, the precipitation recorded over the weekend was 8.71 inches.

These measurements are verified by records made by the National Weather Service, Jackson.

“Water levels are still rising in the central part of the county due to runoff and accumulation, so we’re focusing our efforts there at this time,” Burford said.

Although there were no official road closures over the weekend, Burford said 19 country roads in the northern portion of the country were practically underwater over the weekend and expects the same reports from south Washington County.

“The biggest problem we’re facing in the city now is overflow sewage seeping up out of manholes,” Burford said. “We’re working in close concert with [Mississippi] Department of Environmental Quality to address this issue.”