For a second time this season, the mighty Pearl River is rising to just below major flood stage (this year has been compared to 1983, the year of the second highest flood of record.) The forecast show that it will rise to where it floods roads and threatens structures in low-lying areas. (Click here to see the upcoming hydrological forecast from the National Weather Service Jackson.)  Water rising also raises the volume of the flood control debate. Want to know more about the various flood control plans over the years? Read Alex Rozier’s excellent article about the Pearl and the attempts to control it.

Take our 2023 reader survey

Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large. He’s also host of a weekly statewide radio program and a television program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and is the author of several books. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a 2019 recipient of the University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award.