Cars stall trying to drive through flooded South Memphis streets

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Parts of Memphis are seeing flash flooding after the storms Thursday, especially the intersection of College Street and East Trigg Avenue in South Memphis.

WMC Action News 5 crews on the scene have been trying to deter drivers from driving through the intersection, but some drivers have refused to heed those warnings.

The intersection is flooded, with water standing more than two feet deep.

Several cars successfully drove through the intersections, but as the rain continued and the water rose, more cars got stuck.

A Memphis fire truck responded to help those who stalled out in the water. None of the people who got stuck in the water appear to have suffered any serious injuries.

"I didn't think anything, just waiting for somebody to come get me until I opened the door and water started coming in," said Taysa Jackson. "I was like, I don't want to drown. I can't swim."

Jackson's car didn't make it across the flooded intersection at College and Trigg.

WMC Action News 5 crews watched as car after car and truck after truck drove across the water.

"I think when they see that they should turn around, common sense," said neighbor Sheaneka Muskin.

A lot of people did turn around, especially after they asked for our opinion, and we told them don't drive through the water.

But common sense did not prevail for many, and several cars got stuck.

A woman in a black car, who did not want to be identified, didn't make it.

"I had to pick up my daughter at the bus stop to drive her home," she said. "I didn't know the water was this deep."

Firefighters showed up to block off the intersection and pushed the woman's black car out of the water.

The bus couldn't drop students off. They had to walk in the rain, making one little girl upset because her homework got wet.

As the water kept rising, city crews showed up and tried to clear out the drains and open up a manhole cover that was hard to find in all of the water.

Jackson said she's not used to flooding.

"I'm from Chicago, so stuff like this don't happen," Jackson said.

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