Memphis Evacuations Underway Due to Flooding

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Rising, muddy water from the great Mississippi River washed over Memphis roadways and city streets today as a huge wall of water threatens to cause near record flooding all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Water has made its way onto many downtown city streets already, closing businesses and forcing residents to flee. The flood waters are threatening homes on Mud island, a town of about 5,000 which is connected to downtown Memphis by a causeway and bridge.

Heavy rains and melting winter snow has caused the Mississippi River to rise rapidly. Much of the water flooding the southwestern portion of Memphis is coming from the backed up Nonconnah Creek which can't empty into the flood-swollen Mississippi River. The Office of Emergency Preparedness in Mississippi is issuing warnings about possible flooding in many Memphis neighborhoods.

The Mississippi River is expected to crest at 48 feet next week. The river is currently just over 45 feet in Memphis. Over three inches of rain feel on Memphis over the past weekend and if it rains more between now and next week, the Memphis area will be in very serious trouble as many neighborhoods are expected to flood. Even worse flooding is expected to occur south of Memphis in smaller towns located in the Mississippi Delta. In Vicksburg, Mississippi, the river is expected to crest at 57.5 feet on May 18th which would make it the highest on record there. In Jackson, water levels reached over 47 feet which prompted city workers to go door to door in many neighborhoods to tell people to evacuate.


Many residents in Shelby county have already left their homes and many more are packed and ready to flee at a moment's notice. Memphis mayor A.C. Wharton says that the situation is serious but that it does not warrant mass panic. He is telling residents in Memphis to be aware of what is happening by watching the weather forecasts and listening to advisories.

The worst floods since the 1930s are challenging levees along the Mississippi and all eyes are on Memphis. Another round of rain developing in the lower Plains may make its way to the north this weekend which will bring showers to Memphis and cause water to add to the already swollen Mississippi River, which passes Memphis on its way to the Gulf of Mexico.

Cleanup assistance in Memphis provided by Memphis Water Damage Repair and Memphis TN Water Damage Cleanup.


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