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Heavy rain swamps about 100 houses in Mississippi suburb

September 26, 2018
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First responders drive through a flash flooded neighborhood as they look for residents that might need rescuing in Pearl, Miss., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. As of mid-afternoon, the National Weather Service in Jackson was reporting 3 to 5 inches of rain, depending on the area, since 9 a.m. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

PEARL, Miss. (AP) — Heavy rain in Mississippi has caused flash flooding that has inundated about 100 homes and 25 businesses.

The flooding happened Wednesday in Pearl, just east of Jackson.

Gov. Phil Bryant says in addition to buildings, more than 50 vehicles were damaged.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey tells local news outlets that 30 to 40 deputies helped rescue people.

Pearl police say at least one bridge collapsed and a strip mall’s roof fell in.

National Weather Service meteorologist Thomas Winesett says more than 4.5 inches (11.4 centimeters) of rain were recorded in nearby Richland.

Before dawn Wednesday, heavy rain also fell in northeast Mississippi. National Weather Service meteorologist Phil Baker says radar estimates 11.3 inches (28.7 centimeters) of rain near Blue Springs.

Some roads washed out in Union and Pontotoc counties.

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