At the same time, evacuated residents are urged not to rush back to their homes.
Authorities in the southern state of Mississippi said that floodwaters in the city of Jackson appear to have reached a peak, which gives hope that the water will begin to recede and evacuated residents will be able to return to their homes.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves urged residents not to rush back home until authorities conclude that it is safe.
“Please don’t go back to your neighborhood or your home until authorities and officials give the go-ahead,” he said at a news conference on Monday.
The level of the Pearl River in Jackson reached 11.2 meters after heavy rains last week, which was the highest in 37 years.
Because of the rains, the authorities were forced to dump water from overflowing reservoirs, which led to even more flooding of low-lying areas.
On Saturday, Reeves declared a state of emergency, and authorities issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents of parts of Central Mississippi and southern Tennessee.
There were no reports of deaths or injuries because of the flood. It is not clear how many houses and streets were damaged due to the elements.
Officials warn that areas downstream of Jackson may still be vulnerable to flooding from the Pearl River. They are also concerned that if the rains later this week turn out to be more intense than predicted, it could lead to new floods.
The water level on the Pearl River was the third highest in the entire history of observations. The record was reached in 1979 when the water reached 13.2 meters.