Days of rain in Jackson blamed for toppling of trees on houses, cars

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JACKSON, Mississippi — A week's worth of rain in Mississippi so saturated the ground in a Jackson neighborhood that it is believed to have caused trees to topple.

Three large trees fell Friday morning on Jackson's Myrtle Street, damaging two cars and two houses.

WAPT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1yDEZiX ) that residents believe days of soaking rain led to the softening of the ground and the uprooting of the trees. The trees were being cut up Friday afternoon and residents were contacting their insurance agents about the damage.

Heavy rain remained in the forecast for the much of the state Saturday. And, flash flood watches were in effect for much of the day in coastal counties. The heavy rain caused some scheduling changes, postponements and cancellations of various outdoor events. For instance, a fund-raising rapelling event at a casino resort in Biloxi was canceled.

The event at the Beau Rivage resort was a fund-raiser for Habitat for Humanity, WLOX-TV (http://bit.ly/1Dwc8fv ) reported. On Friday, Gov. Phil Bryant had been among those who were strapped into safety harnesses to scale down the outside of the building.


Information from: WAPT-TV, http://www.wapt.com

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