1979 EASTER FLOOD, JACKSON, MS
quote comes from the April 11, 2004, Clarion Ledger, in a story concerning the 25th anniversary of the Jackson, Mississippi
Easter Flood of 1979.
"We're the fifth-largest flood plain in the U.S.," said Al Goodman, state National Flood Insurance
Program coordinator and a certified flood plain manager. "It's 5.2 million acres. We're the eighth-worst repetitive flood
loss state and we're the 12th-worst in general flood loss. We're in the Top 15 of states that flood."
The Pearl River
and its creeks have been the cause of repeated flooding in the Jackson metropolitan area. The years roll off the tongues of
those who survived the floods of 1979, 1983, 2001.
In figures adjusted for inflation (in 2004), the floods of '79 and
'83 caused about $590 million in damage to the metro area. That tally does not include damage from creeks that overflow their
banks annually, eroding yards and invading houses. And the area, despite new guidelines recently adopted to address runoff,
could be even more susceptible to another major flood.
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Mississippi Gulf
Coast with an estimated 32 foot wave on the western Gulf Coast with massive destruction that included the flooding of New
Orleans. Some of the worst destruction ever caused by flood in the United States was caused by flood damage from this storm.
Both inland and on the coast, there is a high risk of flooding.