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West Tennessee flooding forces people from their homes

Flood waters in north Lauderdale County. Flood waters in north Lauderdale County.

By Justin Hanson - bio | email

RIPLEY, TN (WMC-TV) - The Mississippi River is on the rise. In fact, areas of Lake, Dyer, Lauderdale and Tipton counties are already under water.

The flooding is forcing people out of their homes. 

"Some places are too shallow for a boat and too deep to drive through...its just a part of it," said Lauderdale county resident Glen Gatlin. 

Gatlin, who has lived in rural Lauderdale County all his life, says flood waters are nothing new.

"Just a thing we do...nothing new," he said.

Emergency management officials say the high waters are moving in a little quicker than usual this year.  They blame the early flooding on the melt from a wetter winter. 

Aerial photos of the flood waters show a land-locked house in North Lauderdale county.

"We're concerned about people driving through water they shouldn't drive through, and we always go back to turn around - don't drown," said Tipton County EMA director Tommy Dunavant. 

Lauderdale County EMA officials say 15 to 20 roads are already completely under water, and the situation will only get worse.

"They're looking at a week from tomorrow," Dunavant said. "It's gonna be at thirty-six and a half feet, and that's over two feet above flood stage on the Memphis scale."

As flood waters rise, officials said, two-thirds of Lauderdale County could be under water.

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