This page was created days before Hurricane Ida hit Mississippi. Ida is no more but we wanted to save the information contained on the page. The videos from the Mayor, Dept. Heads and County officials contain valuable information. We were glad to be able to have this resource for our citizens during Ida. It was the most visited page on the website the week of IDA.
In preparation for Hurricane Ida, City of Canton officials have been coordinating with local, state, and non-governmental agencies to serve residents. First responders are asking residents to shelter in place on Monday to assist in preventing unnecessary calls.
Captain Eric Redmond Fire Department
Landfill Director Melon Garrett
Canton Police Chief Otha Brown
Landfill Director Melon Garrett
Ida is forecast to bring 4-6” of rainfall to our area over the next 36 hours. Locally heavy downpours resulting in flash flooding are also possible. Please avoid roads that are under water. “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”
Please do not attempt to remove limbs from downed power lines or move power lines from roadways. Please call 601-859-2921 to report downed power lines and other issues to dispatch.
Ida info from Mississippi Department of Health
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) continues to monitor the path of Hurricane Ida. Significant power outages, home repairs, and flooding could create dangerous and potentially life-threatening situations.
MSDH residents should take the following precautions:
Food and Water Safety
If your power is out, there are several food and water safety tips to follow to ensure what you eat and drink is safe for consumption:
If power is out for less than two hours, food in your refrigerator and freezer will be safe to eat. Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to keep food cold longer.
After two hours, a freezer that is half full will hold food safely for up to 24 hours. A full freezer will hold food safely for 48 hours.
After two hours, pack milk, other dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, gravy, and spoilable leftovers into a cooler surrounded by ice. Inexpensive Styrofoam coolers are fine for this purpose.
Safe water for drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene includes bottled, boiled, or treated water. Watch for specific boil water alerts in your area.
Do not use contaminated water to wash dishes, brush your teeth, wash, and prepare food, wash your hands, make ice, or make baby formula. If possible, use baby formula that does not need to have water added.
Boiling water, when practical, is the preferred way to kill harmful bacteria and parasites. Bringing water to a rolling boil for 1 minute will kill most organisms.
MSDH recommends the following precautions to help prevent potentially fatal carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Do not burn charcoal or gas grills inside a house, garage, vehicle, tent, or fireplace. Do not use gas-powered generators or pressure washers in enclosed spaces including indoors or in the garage. If you suspect you are experiencing any symptoms of CO poisoning, such as dizziness, headache or shortness of breath, open doors and windows, turn off gas appliances and go outside. In cases of severe CO poisoning, call 911 emergency services or the Mississippi Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
When cleaning up storm-damaged areas, be sure to wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes to prevent cuts and scratches from debris. Do not let children play in floodwater and discard any items that come into contact with floodwater.
Any food (including food in plastic or glass), medicines, cosmetics or bottled water that has come in contact with floodwater should be discarded. If in doubt, throw it out. Intact cans may be thoroughly disinfected with one-quarter cup of bleach to one gall