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Monitor idea october weather has been a roller coaster ride for the state of mississippi.

We started out the month with a state-wide burn ban, and we're ending the month with flash flood warnings throughout the northeast part of the sate.

We've been monitoring water levels around columbus and lowndes county..

Cash matlock joins us live from one of those trouble areas..

Aundrea, i'm here on the corner of 15th street and college street in downtown columbus.

Water levels have gone down significantly since this morning.

This area is prone to flooding, ?and?

Fixing the issue may not be as easy as it sounds.

Rain... rain... and more rain.

It's something the friendly city has seen a lot of this week... and the infrastructure downtown..

Is struggling to keep up.

"it's really because of localized ditches that were built inadequately years and years ago by developers prior to regulations, whether it be the cities regulations, state regulations, or federal regulations."

Kevin stafford is an engineer for the city of columbus.

He says drainage codes for severe flooding were put into place in the late 70s and early 80s... a good while after major parts of the city were developed.

"there's entire neighborhoods in the city that are built that if they were brought to us today we would not allow them to be built the way they are because they're too low, because of flooding issues."

Over the weekend, columbus experienced two to six inches of rainfall... today... the city endured ?another?

Two to four inches.

"for example, lowndes county is about five hundred square miles.

You put 2 inches of water across five hundred square miles, that's really going to add up, and that's why we have these flooding issues... when water comes down so fast, you know, several inches per hour, those rain rates, it's got to go somewhere.

Concrete will funnel that into drainage areas.

It will build up in certain areas.

Some spots may not see flooding, but especially urbanized spots will see flooding risk a little bit higher in these extreme rainfall events."

The issue is that only the newer developments in columbus have up-to-date drainage systems. "newer developments, they're going to have either underground, or above ground detention.

For example, leigh mall.

Leigh mall was built well before all this regulation.

If it were built the way it is today, it would have to have a detention pond.

So, let's just jump right across the street on 18th avenue at the new hotel development, they have two detention ponds.

That's a perfect example of similar size footprints, two different ways to develop based on storm water regulations that are now in place."

According to stafford, the cities drainage issues are far from over.

"that drainage plan, in a 70's footprint of the city, which is much smaller than it is today estimated that to repair the issue they saw for just the localized flooding was a fifteen million dollar fix in '2 money."

Stafford says the issues simply can't be fixed with money.

They can only be solved over time through public works, or though highly competitive grants.

Reporting in columbus, cash matlock, wcbi news.

First look stinger first look summary: a strong cold front will cross the region tonight.

A slight chance for an isolated severe storm or two with gusty winds will remain in place until 1 or 2 a.m.

Rain showers will gradually end from west to east thursday morning as drier air blasts in from the northwest.

A widespread frost and/or freeze is likely friday morning.

Wednesday night: an isolated severe storm with strong wind is possible through 1 or 2 a.m.

Rain will be possible throughout the night.

Temperatures will be in the 60s to low 70s during the evening but they'll drop into the 40s and 50s by sunrise.

Gusty nw winds set up by the morning commute.

Thursday: areas of rain will gradually come to an end from west to east during the morning hours.

Clouds are preparations are underway for president donald trump's visit to tupelo as he rallies in support for republican gubernatorial candidate tate reeves.

Allie martin has more on the logistics... weeks before the official announcement that president donald trump would tupelo, city and county leaders were working with the president's campaign, the white house and secret service.

"lot of that information can't be disclosed to the public, but know our police department, fire department, even public works department is working hand in hand with presidential security team to make sure president's safety is protected here in the city of tupelo."

What can be disclosed involves parking in and around the bancorpsouth arena.

The parking lots will be opened sometime friday morning.

Lot b on the west side will be available for public parking, lot d on the east side will have limited public parking as well as handicapped parking no parking will be allowed at the former tupelo automobile museum, or the former megasports building.

And several streets will be closed through most of the day.

Tupelo police chief bart aguirre says his officers are building on what they learned from the president's visit last year.

"we know a lot of the agents already, we've worked with them before, they know a lot of people with tupelo police, sheriff's department, highway patrol that are involved in the security aspects, of the presidential visit."

Standup bridge and just like last november's visit by president donald trump, a large crowd is expected friday.

Ticket holders will enter through this fenced in area , where they will go through security checkpoints.

As many as 10 thousand may be allowed inside, the overflow will watch the rally on a jumbotron in the parking lot.

People are encouraged to get to the arena early.

"probably closer to 7 am, we will open those lots up, and people can park in designated spots and start lining up."

Plans call for the arena doors to open at 4 friday afternoon.

Of course, that is decided by the secret service and is subject to change.

In tupelo, allie martin, wcbi news centred up officials urge people to plan for delays if they have to travel in or near the downtown area friday.

Also, anyone flying in or out of tupelo regional airport can expect delays when air force one is in the area.

?you can do it - we can help?

May not be the slogan for home depot anymore, but that spirit is still alive..

The home improvement giant is helping make a new classroom a reality for the aberdeen high school junior r- o-t-c program..

In may, sergeant rodney williams applied for a 10 thousand dollar grant through the home depot foundation, so that the cadets could improve their study space.

The home depot foundation assists with community and veteran service projects throughout the year across the united states.

" we have to get general liability and plus a 501c form proving they are nonprofit agency.

Then we had to get details of the repairs that were needed for this classroom once we got that done we submitted it to our home depot foundation which goes through a small process in order for them to approve their grants."

For more information about the home depot foundation grants visit our website.

Instructors and cadets have a plan for the renovations - now they have the money.

And as stephanie poole found out, they're ready to put both into action..

She joins us live in the studio with more on their plans..

Over the next couple of weeks, students and staff are rolling up their sleeves to get to work on a long-awaited makeover..

Chipped paint.

Old air conditioning units.

And a moldy carpet.

This is what senior jrotc student ariel hatten says she has looked at everyday for the last four years... " this room has been through so many changes, because at first it was the mechanics room, it was the powerlifting room, it was the cosmetology lab and that's why we have so many different colors and things going on in here."

But little did she know it would all be changing.

The home depot foundation awarded aberdeen high school jrotc program 10- thousand- dollars to make major upgrades to their classroom.

In two weeks, new floorboards, a fresh paint job, and air conditioning units will all be put in.

" seeing that we're finally getting to rebuild it and put it back together to make it what it should be is very exciting."

Before being designated for the rotc program , room 25 experienced a- lot of wear and tear, leaving the room in an unstable condition.

Rotc sgt.

Rodney williams says his cadets came up with designs and colors for the new classroom.

" when a cadet comes in they see a1 facilities, they want to be a1 and we tried to instilled in our kids this first semester when we came up with this program we are going to be the flagship and in order to be the flagship you need to look like you're there.

We may not have the best materials and stuff like some of the top schools have but we're going to take care of our stuff."

And a new look, means more positive attitudes... " having the old room people came in here all slouched over, kind of boring.

People didn't really feel like doing any color guard drills or anything so having this makes people want to thrive to their achievements in this program.

We're making a difference."

Hatten says she's grateful to leave her mark for those jrtoc students who will come after her.

" it's like leaving a legacy.

When people who come here next to us they're going to look back and say oh my cousin did this or my brother my sister did this.

They put the floor together, they made the colors, they painted the walls, they did all of that, so we're leaving a legacy behind from all of us."

All classroom renovations should be finalized by november 13th.

Stinger some area students get hands-on with future job opportunities..

We take a look when we come back... getting a group of 1st graders to sit still during class?

Not a whole lot of ?wiggle room?.... but our educator of the room?.... but our educator of the week does it with a combination of footwork and bookwork!

Leigh anne martin teaches first grade at vernon elementary school!

She includes movement in her lessons to help the kids stay focused.

That may include playing a version of simon says with her kids.... she also says her students are at that age where... the more they move the more they learn.

"we have wiggles in first it helps get their wiggles out and it helps them focus in on something and they just like that movement....they same to remember better when they put it together with movement"butted sot "they are hilarious...they still have that loving...i want to love you i want to love on you i want to please you...but they are a little bit more independent...they can write their name..they come in that age is fun" to see your favorite teacher on t-v...visit wcbi dot com wipe to vo 8th and 9th grades from all over the golden triangle get an up-close at jobs at local industries.

It was all part of a hands-on interactive exposition at emcc's communiversity.

The event was called "forge your own path," and it featured activities like brick laying and finishing concrete.

There was also a session for school counselors to come and do some wood working.

"we're trying to expose young people to the many career choices that there are.

Especially in the construction world.

It's one of the fastest growing industries around.

There's a lot of work to be done in our state."

Organizers say over one thousand students attended today's "forge" event.

Stinger wx open sunny, drier, and cooler weather will continue for the end of the week now that the cold front has pushed through the area.

Rain chances slowly increase through the weekend and into early next week as our next cold front approaches.

Monday will be our best chance for showers and storms. wednesday night: cooler air will continue to move in overnight tonight with lows in the low to mid 40s.

Winds will be out of the north at 5-10 mph.

Thursday-friday: we'll see plenty of sun for the end of the week with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s.

A nice breeze out of the north will help to keep us comfortable through the day.

Morning lows will be in the 40s, so you may have to add an extra layer as you head out the door.

Saturday-sunday: temperatures will return to the mid to upper 70s for the weekend as a few showers slowly creep back into the area.

We'll keep rain chances lower for saturday, but there could be a few more showers on sunday as a cold front approaches.

Either way, the weekend overall will be pretty nice as many of us won't see rainfall and will see plenty of sunshine.

Monday: showers and storms will develop through the day and will likely last into the evening.

Some storms could produce heavy rain and gusty winds.

Temperatures will top out in mississippi state begins the season back in the top 10...continuing its impressive streak... see the full poll, next in sports..

Spx the ap top 25 for women's hoops has officially been released, and for the 59th straight week, mississippi state finds themselves inside the top 10 for the first time ever, oregon opens the season as the number one team in the nation, defending champs baylor number two uconn in the top five for 239 consecutive weeks...or since january 2007 mississippi state coming in at number's also the bulldogs' 95 consecutive week ranked inside the top 25....vic schaefer's group in the top ten since september 2018 five sec teams in the top 25, with msu includes texas a?m, south carolina, kentucky, and arkansas mississippi state's 2019 season begins next satuday, taking on southern miss inside the hump rivalry football is the best's one of the top criteria for our game of the week... it's even more rare to find a rivalry game with two teams that are poised for deep playoff runs....that's why our game of the week for week 11 returns to west alabama the 8-1 south lamar taking on the 8-1 sulligent blue devils.....a rivalry showdown between two of the top in their class the stallions fresh off a 68-18 dismantling of brilliant, sulligent shutting down cold springs 36-7 the blue devils will be out for revenge after a 60-0 loss to the stallions a year ago...and the rivalry has been in a dead heat....south lamar leading the series 18-17 we'll be ring in week 11 of the high school football season from kennedy coming up on friday the phrase, "do- it-all", can be thrown around lightly on the football field.

For this week's athlete of the week, this player truly did it all on the football field this past friday baldwyn's jacolby williams had a game for the ages in the win over byers williams scored 5 total touchdowns and scored them in every shape, form and fashion you can get them.

3 td receptions, 2 interceptions...o ne of which he returned for a pick 6 and the cherry on top....a kickoff return td the senior wide reciever and defenisve back says if it helps the team win, consider him in "it feels good.

You don't try to really have breakout games like that but if you do you can so.

It's unexpected so i'll take it."

"i tried to be more of a dog on defense.

Since it's my last year, i got to go big or go home so if i don't do it big noi won't get anymore chances after this."

Williams also leads the state in interceptions with 10.

Baldwyn will host faulkner this friday in a division matchup.

Muw men's and women's soccer are heading to the national tournament the women's squad will enter the uscaa tourney as a three seed, and will face university of maine-fort kent in pool play the men's squad just get in, punching their ticket as a 6- seed, and will go through maine- fort kent and florida national in pool play local players representing muw look forward to their shot to play on the national stage "from last season, to not having a winning record, to not really winnning at all, to this season, having those wins, getting the third seed, we're really excited.

We're making a statement and we're excited for virginia beach."

"we just need to attack as a team.

We struggled with that before, but we need to get a lot of people on the attack, just put some goals in the net."

"i was like, man, that's cool, e actually made it this time.

Last year we kind of missed it, just by a little bit though.

It's ben a really cool experience, the way they set it up like a whole interview thing, i thought it was really cool."

"now it's time to turn it up a notch.

Nationals, we've been working for it.

No pressure, we're


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