The City of Jackson weather forecast for the coming week calls for low temperatures within the 20’s for Tuesday and Wednesday morning. The cold weather will have an effect on the City’s distribution system and may result in higher than normal water main failures. If citizens experience low water pressure or see any water line failures, they are advised to call the City’s 311 Action Line.
Additionally, here are some tips to help minimize damage to water pipes due to freezing temperatures:
Wrap any exposed pipes with insulation to help protect from freezing weather. Pipe insulation can be purchased at your local hardware store, Home Depot, or Lowes.
Keep garage doors closed, especially if there are water supply lines in the garage.
Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around plumbing, especially if your sinks are on the exterior wall of your home.
Let cold water drip from any faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipes-even at a trickle –helps prevent pipes from freezing.
Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during the day and night.
For the long term, add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Insulation will help maintain higher temperatures in those areas during relatively cold weather snaps.
Cold Weather Shelters
Salvation Army of Jackson – 110 Presto Lane, Jackson, MS. 601-982-4881. Will be open 24/7 during cold weather crisis and can take up to 80 people, First come, first served. Men and women only, no children.
Opportunity Center – 845 W. Amite Street, Jackson, MS. 601-949-3540. Through a partnership with the City of Jackson, Opportunity Center is open 24 hours on days when the temperature is 32 degrees or below. Overnight shelter is provided to as many as 50 people when the other shelters in town are full.
Matt’s House (for women and children only) – 601-353-2759. 343 Adelle Street, Jackson, MS.
Billy Brumfield Shelter – 601-948-2864. 1224 S. Gallatin Street, Jackson, MS.
The City of Jackson will open a cold-weather shelter beginning Friday, February 12, 2021 – Friday, February 19, 2021, at Champions Gym located at 1355 Hattiesburg St., please contact the Opportunity Center at 601-949-3540 to reserve a bed.