Area escaped flooding Tuesday but may not today

February 12th, 2020     Featured General News

Union County Emergency Management Director Curt Clayton said Tuesday afternoon that the county had escaped any serious flooding so far, but he was concerned about the rains and possible storms forecast for Wednesday going into Thursday.

“If it rains as much as they say today and tomorrow we may have problems,” he said.

Although the Little Tallahatchie River was not out of its banks in the downtown area Tuesday, the National Weather Service reported the river at 25.82 feet as of 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Etta community.

The flood stage is 25 feet and the NWS predicted the river would crest at 26.5 feet sometime Wednesday, resulting in some flooding in low-lying areas, particularly around Etta.

A quarter to a half inch of rain was forecast for Union County Wednesday as temperatures hit the low 60s with another quarter to half inch possible Wednesday night, followed by clearing and cooler weather Thursday.

The river was high but not that close to the bottom of the Bankhead Street bridge.

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