DeSoto County prepares for more rain on already soggy ground - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

DeSoto County prepares for more rain on already soggy ground

Thunderstorms and possible tornadoes forecast Thursday for the Mid-South could cause more problems on the already rain-soaked ground.

In some spots in DeSoto County, such as Holly Springs Road, cars were blocked by high water as recently as one week ago.

"Three days last week, that was couldn't go through," motorist Rockey White said.  "Something you just deal with."

While locals shrugged off the aggravation Wednesday, Tim Curtis at DeSoto County Emergency Services was concerned.

"Flash flooding can occur anywhere within the county," he said. "It can occur quickly."

Rain forecast for Thursday could wash out places like Holly Springs Road, where flooding is common.  In fact, officials put up road signs warning of flooding dangers there long ago.  But the detour around the area that normally floods is a full 14 miles, a major inconvenience for residents.

Still, according to Curtis, taking a detour is better than having an accident - or worse.

"The waters may look calm - may look shallow - but the culvert could be washed out.  There may be a sinkhole," he said.

Lewis said officials would be watching problem spots like Holly Springs Road carefully, and would be ready to solve any problems.

Officials were also keeping a careful eye on Arkabutla Lake, where any more than two inches of rain could cause water to overflow into the lake's spillway.

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