Olive Branch residents surprised by sudden flood waters

By Chip Washington - bio | email

OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV) - Homeowners near Olive Branch were surprised suddenly rising floodwaters Monday.

When residents woke up Monday in the Center Hill subdivision, just outside of Olive Branch, many of them found something they were neither expecting or prepared for: yards and streets overflowing with several feet of water.

Resident Sal Marascalco said he was completely caught off guard.

"I went to work this morning at 3:00 a.m. and everything seemed fine until just a few minutes ago, and I see that water covering the streets, so its officially gotten worse over the last 24 hours," he said.

The water apparently came from the Coldwater River.  According to officials at the DeSoto County Emergency Management Agency, the river runs behind the subdivision, and with so much rainfall, it overflowed its banks.

Along with the high water, some homeowners said they were dealing with another unwanted addition to their neighborhood: snakes.

Marascalco, who moved to the area after flooding in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, said the situation brings up some very bad memories and concerns.

"If this happened over the course of the last eight hours, then I don't know what's going to happen over the rest of the afternoon or overnight," he said. "Lots of unknown things could happen. It's not pleasant to think about."

An EMA officials said crews had to rescue several DeSoto County families over the weekend who could not leave their property due to flooding concerns.  Authorities are not sure how long it will take for floodwaters to recede.

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