While the Crossroads area saw its fair share of snow, ice and cold temperatures this week, many parts of Mississippi experienced their first blast of winter weather in decades.
“Mississippians are .. used to hurricanes, tornados and flooding – We are not used to this,” Gov. Tate Reeves said during a livestream Wednesday. “Power lines have been frozen, fixed and frozen again. Roads have been iced over, cleared and then iced again. Water systems have frozen in some areas. Unlike a hurricane or tornado, where the event comes furiously and then ends, this has been a slow-moving disaster.”
Reeves issued a State of Emergency early in the week allowing federal aid and assistant to become available to Mississippians.
ACE Power and the local gas and water departments saw few issues. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for other areas of the Magnolia state.
Mississippi Today reported 74 of Mississippi’s 82 counties saw icy conditions by mid-week. Crews worked throughout the night to restore power to thousands and MDOT workers stayed busy all week attempting to keep the highways and interstates safe.
According to data shared by Mississippi Today, at least 250,000 Mississippians lost power at some point during the week, including about 170,000 who were still without power on Thursday.
Residents in dozens of Mississippi cities and towns are without water or have low water pressure including the capital city of Jackson where on Friday water was being treated like gold.
Reeves’ said his office building flooded during the week and the governor’s mansion was without running water. The state legislative also reported issues in the state Capitol building with no heat for several days and water issues.
Grocers – the few who remained open during the storms – saw bare store shelves and couldn’t keep essentials like bread, milk, canned goods and frozen and fresh meats in stock.
Hundreds of schools and colleges across the state canceled classes. Locally both the Alcorn School District and Corinth School District held virtual, distance learning classes all week before giving students and staff a traditional “snow day” on Friday.
Reeves asked Mississippians to “Look after your loved ones and neighbors – share resources and check on those who need it. Pray for the line crews, road crews, first responders and others who have to go out in the cold and do dangerous work to restore power, clear roads, and protect us.”
With a break in the freeze beginning Friday, recovery will begin this weekend with warmer weather following the long week that was Mississippi’s 2021 historic winter storm.