Hail, flood waters accompany heavy rains

My 5: Flooding on Appling near Bellevue
My 5: Flooding on Appling near Bellevue

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Heavy rains brought hail and flooding to parts of the Mid-South early Monday afternoon.

In east Memphis, several cars were stranded in flood waters near Century Center Parkway and Whitten Road.  It was a close call for Linda McConnell.

"I thought this was it.  I wouldn't be seeing my family anymore," she said.

McConnell was traveling along Century Center Parkway on her way back to work from lunch.

"All of a sudden the water just started coming in and the truck stalled out," she said. I got out."
McConnell's Ford Escape was no match for the rising flood waters, one of several cars that took on water.

"I was afraid snakes might come up and bite me," she said. "I knew what I had to do. Had to get to dry land some place."

McConnell then called her husband for help. Despite the damage to her car, she thankful a bad situation wasn't any worse.

"I'm glad I did get out when I did, because I'm afraid if I stayed in there, I don't know what would have happened," she said.

Meanwhile, it was a similar scene for homes along Honeybrook and Greenland Road.  

"We had brand new sheetrock," said Ronda Wilson, who lives nearby. "The flooring is wet. It's flooded about 10 houses on this street."

In Tunica, the roof of the North Tunica Fire Station was blown off by 60 to 70 mile per hour winds, according to Tunica County spokesperson Larry Liddell.  Several trees were blown over, and northern parts of Tunica County received dime-to-quarter size hail, Liddell said.

In Millington, the National Weather Service reported 5 to 6 inches of water standing on roadways in the southern part of the city.

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