De Soto Natl. Forest Closed Temporarily Due to Storm

Release Date: Sep 4, 2018  

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WIGGINS, Miss., Sept. 4th, 2018 – The U.S. Forest Service announced today that it’s temporarily closing all recreation areas on the De Soto Ranger District as a safety precaution due to expected severe weather conditions from Tropical Storm Gordon.

All recreation areas and trails are closed for the duration of the storm. The off-highway vehicle (OHV) and bicycle trails will remain closed for several days after the event to allow the soils to dry out enough for use that doesn’t damage local resources.

“Weather forecasters are predicting that the storm may reach land as a category 1 hurricane, with high winds and heavy rainfall and flooding potential. Recent rains have left the ground saturated, and forecasters predict 4-8 inches of additional rainfall, raising the potential for flooding,” said Anne Casey, De Soto District Ranger. “We encourage everyone to exercise extreme caution over the coming days; even without hurricane-force winds, high levels of soil saturation can increase the likelihood of trees falling.”

During a flood, rapidly rising water can reach dangerous heights.  Rising flood waters carry a velocity strong enough to roll boulders and vehicles, tear out trees, destroy bridges and undermine roads. A low-lying area can become a death trap in a matter of minutes.

Forest visitors may contact the De Soto Ranger District Office at the 601-528-6160 or visit the National Forests in Mississippi website at www.fs.usda.gov/mississippi for information about when the Recreation Areas will re-open.

 

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