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Heavy rain moves through the Mid-South, causes flooding and power outages

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Heavy rain moved through the Mid-South in two major rounds.

Memphis International Airport has seen nearly 3.5 inches of rainfall Friday.

Flash Flood Watches and Warnings are in affect for all Mid-South counties through the day and into the weekend.

Shelby County

As rain poured Friday morning, Raleigh residents warily watched flood waters rise.

"It's starting to be a wreck in the neighborhood over here," said Raleigh resident Ernest Sanders. "It's always flooding and the power is always going out.

It's a usual thing around here."

Sanders braved his flooded street Friday morning as he walked from his home to his mother's in hopes to help her get out.

"Yards being filled up with rain almost reach the inside of most homes around here," Sanders explained.

At the corner of Kerwin and Battlefield, neighbors braced for the worst as they watched water rise out of manholes, flooding front yards and blocking cars.

Many neighbors panicked, worrying the water would come into their homes.

Storm drains and sewage drains quickly overflowed and piled up with debris when the water level fell.

City of Memphis crews cleaned out drains once the rain stopped pouring as hard.

"When this area was built up a few years ago, maybe they didn't take into consideration the hills would be a factor when the rain comes out," said Sanders.

Crews explained the best way to avoid storm drain back-ups is to keep trash off the streets.


When it rains, it pours. But on one street, many residents say when it rains, it floods.

"I just don't want any water to come in my house," said Mt. Terrace Street resident Devin Briggs. "Who wants water to come in your house and be smelling sour?"

Friday, part of Mt. Terrace Street was all but impassable.  Some cars tried to brave the flood waters.

"Some of those folks have went halfway through and gotten stuck," said Briggs. "That doesn't make any sense."

Priscilla Lester has lived on Mt. Terrace Street for 13 years.

"I feel miserable," said Lester. "I've got my ribs ready to cook and don't even feel like it."

As cars tried to pass through flood waters near her house, the water pushed closer and closer to her front door. She feared the rain may only be the beginning of a larger problem.

"My Fourth of July is going to be cleaning up my house because this is not the end," Lester added.

Previously, city engineer John Cameron said crews have already done some work to address flooding issues on the street and help a nearby creek flow.

However, Cameron said more work needed to be done in the area.

"We're trying to get to the root of the problem and address it," Cameron explained.

Residents said the problem needs to be addressed soon or they'll spend their holiday weekend cleaning.

"You just can't jump up and move; you have to stay here and deal with it," Lester added. "I don't think anyone should have to live like that."

DeSoto County

The water flooding a North Mississippi apartment complex reached knee high in certain areas. 

"It's one big lake. A lake up to your front door. Usually the pond is low, so when you walk out your door and there is water, it's pretty terrible," neighbor Brittany Bell said. 

The neighbors are not very surprised, however. They said it happens twice a year. 

This apartment complex backs up onto a lake, and neighbors said as rain begins to fall, that lake pours water into all of the parking lots. 

Coincidentally, the animals that live in the water also came into the parking lots. 

"Its really dangerous out here. Snakes and turtles all over here. It's dangerous for kids to be out here," a neighbor said. 

Neighbors found out it was dangerous for their cars as well. They said maintenance crews were banging on their doors early this morning to move their cars. When some finally made it to their cars, mud had already filled their vehicles. 

"I wish they would figure out how to fix it because I know peoples cars have been getting pretty bad. They have had to dig out mud from their cars. That's a problem," resident Paula Gaines said. 

Residents wish that something could be done to keep this from happening in the future. 

WMC Action News 5 meteorologists are keeping an eye on all the developing factors in this storm. They will be sure to alert you if any severe weather develops.

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