Flash floods possible as remnants of Barry head toward Mid-South

Flash floods possible as remnants of Barry head toward Mid-South

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - On Sunday afternoon, Shelby County Government, Emergency Management and Homeland Security said residents should prepare for the chance of flooding and heavy rain.

Director Brenda Jones says the remnants of Tropical Storm Barry are bringing heavy rain into the area. The National Weather Service predicts areas along the Mississippi River and west of it will see some of the heaviest rain.

Chief Meteorologist Ron Childers predicts several inches of rain over the next few days. He says our normal low lying areas will see your typical ponding and flooding.

Emergency management officials say you should still prepare, just in case. They suggest:

  • Know the forecast. Have a radio on hand, such as a NOAA all-hazards battery-powered radio. Download mobile apps, such as the WMC Action News 5 app for updated information.
  • Know the terms. Flood Watch: Conditions are favorable for flooding to occur. Flood Warning: Flooding is occurring or will occur soon.
  • Home Preparedness. Create a digital home inventory.
  • Have a plan. Practice how to shelter-in-place or evacuate in a moment’s notice. Know where higher ground is located in your neighborhood.
  • Family communications plan. Program emergency numbers in your phone. Also keep emergency numbers on hand, such as in your wallet.
  • Disaster kit. Have a portable kit with enough supplies to sustain you and your pets for seven days. Include important documents, medication, food, water, flashlights and tools.
  • Flood safety. Do not drive through floodwaters. Turn around, and don’t drown. As little as 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 12 inches can float a vehicle.

On Sunday, the National Weather Service issued an urban and small streams flood advisory for parts of DeSoto and Shelby counties. More than 140 families are still recovering in Germantown after flash flooding destroyed homes several weeks ago.

“Some people are just now getting sheet rock up and having walls. Pretty much nobody has kitchen cabinets yet,” Kristina Garner of Germantown Cares said. “It’s very unlikely to happen again, (but) it’s still a worry they have.”

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