Updated at 2 p.m.

A flood warning for Lauderdale and neighboring counties expired at 2 p.m. Friday, and the immediate threat of danger is over for now according to Lauderdale Emergency Management Agency Director John Williamson.

Levels of flooding have receded, Williams posted on LEMA's Facebook page.

At 7:57 a.m. the Weather Service in Jackson issued the flood warning for Jasper, Clarke, Newton, Clarke and Lauderdale counties.

At 8:30 a.m., Williamson said a total of 11 roads are closed due to flood conditions, with six being impassable due to a culvert collapse and five other roads being submerged.

The six impassable roads, requiring repair due to culvert collapses, include: Sergeant Fitz Birk Road, Tommy Butler Road, Vimville-Causeyville Road and  Sam Gray Road. 38th Street between Poplar Springs Drive and 25th Ave is closed due to damage on the road. 

38th Street damage

Flooding damaged 38th Street near Poplar Springs Drive in Meridian overnight. It's one of several streets or roads that were damaged as a result of heavy rains and flooding.

The five submerged roads include B.W. Johnson Road, State Boulevard Extension near North Hills Street and Chandler Road, Bronson Road, Lake Ross Collins Road and Russell Camp Road.

Williamson said LEMA has not received reports of people being flooded out of their homes or people being trapped in their cars. There were two car accidents, however, that happened on Tommy Butler Road and Sgt. Fitz Birk Road, he said.

Supervisor Kyle Rutledge said there was a culvert collapse on Vimville-Causeyville Road and motorists should use Leo McDonald Road.

In addition, at least two motor vehicle accidents were blamed on weather-related conditions.

Some of the contractors who deliver The Meridian Star were affected by flooding and damaged roads, causing some delays in delivery Friday morning.

38th Street damaged by flooding

Heavy rain caused flooding and damaged 38th Street near Polplar Springs Drive in Meridian. Several roads in Lauderdale County were reported as damaged or submerged by Friday morning.

Reports of up to 8-10 inches of rain have fallen, according to the weather service.

Rainfall amounts from 5-11 inches have occurred since late Thursday across the Pine Belt and portions of east Mississippi and widespread flooding is occurring, according to the Weather Service. Heavy rainfall will be transitioning to the east of the area through daybreak, but some precipitation will continue into the morning hours and the further rainfall will keep water levels from falling rapidly, the Weather Service stated.

Rivers are starting to rise and will continue to rise in many spots through the next few days, according to the Weather Service. Although the rain will slow down, the potential for flooding will remain.

The Weather Service cautions drivers to turn around when they confront submerged roads.

The threat of rain resumes Saturday.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for the possibility of rain every day through Wednesday, with the sun predicted to return Thursday.

Please check back for updates.

Dave Bohrer contributed to this report.

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