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Mississippi residents fleeing floods after torrential rains

The Pearl River flows through metro Jackson, Mississippi, and forecasters say it may reach levels not seen in more than four decades.
Credit: AP
Mario Vargas, right, his sister Alondra Rodriguez, left, and their aunt Nadia Castillo, back, carry a washing machine from Vargas' mother's mobile home in the Harbor Pines Mobile Home Community of Ridgeland, Miss., Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Officials estimate the flooding along the Pearl River to create the worst flooding in the Capitol city of Jackson and some neighboring communities since 1983. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

RIDGELAND, Miss — Residents along a rain-swollen river in Mississippi are packing up belongings and fleeing to higher ground to escape what authorities warn could be devastating weekend flooding. 

The Pearl River flows through metro Jackson, Mississippi, and forecasters say it may reach levels not seen in more than four decades.

So Leti Vargas enlisted help from relatives to clear appliances out her double-wide mobile home. Trash cans and ducks floated nearby. 

The flooding is the result of days of heavy rains over the Southeast. Flood concerns extend into neighboring Alabama, where some have already had to flee floodwaters.