Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) on Saturday declared a state of emergency for parts of the state affected by river flooding.
“I encourage people in the flood plains to exercise caution, take appropriate precautions and evacuate if necessary,” Reeves says wrote in the statement.
While some flooding has occurred, more are set to happen this week, albeit earlier than originally forecast.
Reeves said the Pearl River, located in central Mississippi near other flooding, “is expected to come out Monday…at 36 feet.”
“Now is the time to prepare to protect you and your family,” Reeves wrote.
The governor said his emergency declaration would allow government agencies, including the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), to assist with the flooding and its aftermath.
According to the emergency announcement, MEMA and the Reeves administration have teamed up to deploy sandbags and prepare search and rescue teams.
Reeves added that MEMA is constantly monitoring flood levels using drones and other instruments.
Flooding swept the southwestern US last week as the National Weather Service warned of a possible tropical cyclone.
Similar trends of unstable weather have appeared in other parts of the country and throughout Mississippi.