Water creeping onto roads as Pearl rises

With the Pearl River at 23.48 feet in Columbia as of 7:15 this morning, Mississippi 587 has been closed between Foxworth and Morgantown, according the Morgantown Fire Department.

Old Mississippi 35 South is also closed between the Ball Mill's Voting Precinct and north of Hurricane Creek Road.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office has also posted water beginning to come up on Camp Lane in Morgantown, Henry Road in Foxworth and Whistle Lane.

Water has begun creeping across the other roads east of the river, including on Dean Griner Drive.

The U.S. Geological Survey is still calling for the river to crest at 25 feet late Saturday to early Sunday.

At that level most of the flooding would be confined to backwaters near the Pearl, where residents are accustomed to dealing with high water. An estimated 385 addresses in Marion County, 75 of them in Columbia, would be flooded at 25 feet.

The National Weather Service is predicting between a half and three-quarters of an inch of rain today in Columbia, continuing through about  3 p.m. After that the temperature is expected to fall some, and the conditions are expected to be sunny and clear on Friday and Saturday. Then more wet weather is expected to move in beginning Sunday night.

Caption: Water comes onto the road near the Dean Griner baseball fields Thursday morning, Feb. 20, 2020. Photo by Susan Amundson.