Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 23:23:22 GMT
(WMC) - Officials believe the majority of the problems concerning 911 calls have been corrected, according to the Shelby County 9-1-1 district director. Over the weekend, wireless users in several Mid-SouthMore >>
Officials believe the majority of the problems concerning 911 calls have been corrected, according to the Shelby County 9-1-1 district director.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:12 PM EDT2014-09-16 23:12:13 GMT
(WMC) - Dollar stores are becoming a target for criminals in Marshall County. The most recent came this past Saturday in the Mt. Pleasant community. Two clerks were robbed at gunpoint just after the storeMore >>
Dollar stores are becoming a target for criminals in Marshall County.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:49:52 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis City Council met to discuss possible cuts to the benefits of city workers Tuesday. Once again city retirees, employees, and supporters packed the chamber as the council considered threeMore >>
Memphis City Council met to discuss possible cuts to the benefits of city workers Tuesday.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:46:11 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis fire union leaders are among the plaintiffs in a new lawsuit against City of Memphis. The union has filed an injunction to stop the city from proceeding with widespread health care cutsMore >>
Memphis fire union leaders are among the plaintiffs in a new lawsuit against City of Memphis.More >>
MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -
A Vancleave woman saw water rising toward her elevated home. She called 911, hoping rescue teams would splash out to her property and carry her to safety. A Jackson County fire truck and a rescue boat arrived at the woman's home just after 7:00 Thursday morning.
Scenes like that played out across Jackson County most of Wednesday and early Thursday. Emergency scanners stayed busy for hours as the waters rose, transforming streets into rivers in a matter of minutes. Moss Point firefighter Derek Etheridge described the scene by saying, "Flooding almost to the windowsills, cars underwater up to the door handles."
During the height of the Wednesday night storm, more than 50 people had to be rescued from flooded cars or homes in Moss Point. Many of those people lived near Rose Road, just west of Highway 63. The evacuees were soaked and tired, however, no serious injuries were reported.
At this hour, all South Mississippi schools are open.
The situation turned dangerous very quickly, according to Moss Point police chief Keith Davis. "The rain started coming in and within an hour we were getting calls asking for help to come get them out of their houses," Davis said.
Past hurricanes couldn't even match the fury of this storm, Etheridge added. "This is probably the fastest it ever rose. Even during Hurricane Isaac we didn't have this kind of water rise quite as quickly as it did tonight."
Residents of the River City, like Kenneth Graves, were caught off guard. "Last hurricane we had this side of the area was very flooded and this side wasn't as much, but I guess it just kind of shifted this time. I don't know what kind of storm cell we had but it was very bad," Graves said.
First responders, like Mike Wilson, had no time to rest. "Very busy for us tonight, both in our district and obviously over here. Several people with cars off the side of the road and most everybody was OK, just a little scared," said Wilson.
Despite the downpour, everything went according to plan, and training for these types of events paid off in the end, according to Etheridge. "The rescue operation went smoothly. We had a lot of help from other organizations that brought in some boats and some high water rescue trucks."
Davis said that effort and help means something more than just a day's work. "As a human being and personally, it gives me satisfaction in knowing that more than likely, we saved someone's life tonight and the men and women in uniform, fire department, police department, those guys have all the credit, they should be credited for saving lives."
In neighboring Pascagoula, the deluge was just as troubling. Low-lying streets were closed. Homeowners evacuated, some even had to be rescued.
Pascagoula firefighters tell WLOX News a seven-year-old child was struck by lightening. And because of the rain and flooding, his parents had a hard time rushing him to the hospital.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:41:22 GMT
MPD: Woman wearing bra and panties, carrying bat caught trespassing at elementary school A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school andMore >>
A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school and causing a bizarre disturbance just before more than a hundred children were due to come in for lunch. More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:21:47 GMT
(WMC) - Police were called to an early morning accident where a car crashed through two yards along Rhodes Avenue and Wedgewood Street in Memphis. Witnesses say at least three passengers were in the car. TheMore >>
Police were called to an early morning fatal accident where a car crashed through two yards along Rhodes Avenue and Wedgewood Street in Memphis.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:04:31 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis dispatchers tell WMC Action News 5 Corky's Ribs & BBQ on Poplar Avenue is being evacuated.There is smoke coming out of the restaurant. Investigators are still trying to figure out if somethingMore >>
Corky's Ribs & BBQ on Poplar Avenue was evacuated early Tuesday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:21 AM EDT2014-09-16 10:21:00 GMT
(WMC) - The Shelby County Sheriff's Office has reports of two school bus crashes on Austin Peay Highway. One is at the corner of Austin Peay and Pleasant Ridge involves a bus and a car. The other is atMore >>
A bus leaving Bolton High School with 32 children on board crossed the center line and hit a truck towing a Bobcat utility work vehicle.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:54:29 GMT
(WMC) - A former high school teacher and Memphis firefighter have been indicted for aggravated statutory rape. Investigators say Michael Lewis, 32, and his roommate Bryan Wilson, 32, raped the young girlsMore >>
A former high school teacher and Memphis firefighter have been indicted for aggravated statutory rape by the Shelby County District Attorney's office.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:15 GMT
(WMC) - "It's sad. It's sad. I can't begin to tell you," said 92-year-old Billie Williams. Williams is talking about her great-great-granddaughter, Chasity Forte, who she raised from the age of 13 monthsMore >>
"It's sad. It's sad. I can't begin to tell you," said 92-year-old Billie Williams. Williams is talking about her great-great-granddaughter, Chasity Forte, who she raised from the age of 13 months old. More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:16:14 GMT
(WMC) - For over a century, Memphians graced the Tri-State Fair — later called the Mid-South Fair — typically held from mid-September to early October. The first "Shelby County Fair" ran for two days inMore >>
For over a century, Memphians dared rides, spectated various entertainment acts, and devoured food at the Tri-State Fair — later called the Mid-South Fair — once held from mid-September to early October in the Bluff City.More >>
Monday, September 15 2014 10:55 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:55:55 GMT
Boone Police Officers received a call about the discovery of a dead body around 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University. PoliceMore >>
The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University.More >>