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Residents riding out rising Lauderdale Co. flood waters

By Jamel Major - bio | email

RIPLEY, TN (WMC-TV) - With rising flood waters taking over Tutor Moffatt's Lauderdale County home, he said he and his family are staying put no matter how high it gets.

"The reason why we stay out here like we do is because if you leave your house, when you come back, you won't have nothing," said Moffatt. "Someone will break in and steal everything you got."

Moffatt's home is located on Highway 19 in the Ashport community in Lauderdale County. It was completely surrounded by water Friday.

Moffatt and his family are using his boat to get around.

"We go in and out," said Moffatt. "Tie our boat up and go to town. Get what we've got to have. Go visit our friends and boat back in."

Moffatt said this is not the worst flooding he has seen.

"This ain't nothing like it was in '93 or '94," he said. "The bottom of the bluff is as far as you can go anywhere. The bottom beam on my house, water was even with it."

Emergency management officials said the rising flood waters are moving in a little quicker than usual this year. They are blaming the early flooding on snow melt from winter.

The situation has left many residents scrambling to find higher ground.

"Your feet don't stay dry very much," said Moffatt. "It's just something you have to get used to."

Dozens of roads in Lauderdale County remained under water Friday night. Authorities urged residents to take extra precautions.

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