Waters rise as heavy rain passes through the Mid-South - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

Waters rise as heavy rain passes through the Mid-South

Flood waters rose Thursday in parts of Memphis with each round of pounding rain that swept through the area.

Creeks and streams topped normal levels, and in places, poured over onto streets.

On Reynolds Road, a mini-river was already flooding the street.  The road was still passable Thursday, but motorists wondered if the overflow would turn into a much bigger problem.

"What do you do?" one motorist asked.  "Turn around?"

At the National Weather Service, officials urged motorists to avoid driving through high water.  Nearly half of all flood deaths, they said, are vehicle related.

Water levels are often difficult to judge in vehicles.  In the middle of Reynolds Road, for instance, the water was obviously shallow enough to drive through.  At its edge, however, the ground drops dramatically, causing the flood waters to be much higher.

One motorist with experience driving through high water said it could be an expensive proposition.  "It ruined the motor," he said.  "I don't remember what it cost, but it ruined the motor."

A flash flood warning will remain in effect for most of the Mid-South until Friday evening.   Forecasters said heavy rain could dump up to two to four inches in some areas.

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