State of emergency in Jackson, Mississippi due to low water pressure after heavy rains
Mississippi's capital city is grappling with multiple water problems. Tens of thousands of Jackson residents were without running water Tuesday after flooding exacerbated longstanding problems in one of two water-treatment plants.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said late Monday that he's declaring a state of emergency for Jackson's water system, and he issued the proclamation Tuesday. The state will try to help resolve problems by hiring contractors to work at the treatment plant, which was operating at diminished capacity with backup pumps after the main pumps failed "some time ago," Reeves said.