Only one Union County road remains closed due to flooding


Union County Emergency Management Director Curt Clayton said all county roads were again open Friday morning except for a section of County Road 87. That road turns off Martintown Road in the southwest part of the county.

At one point two days ago at least 40 roads in the county were closed because sections were under water.

However, a flood warning was issued for the Little Tallahatchie River at Etta through Friday evening and the river achieved a new record for flooding.

While the official flood stage is 25 feet, the river was at 27.9 feet at 7 p.m. Thursday and had briefly been at 30.03 feet. The previous record was 29 feet and nine inches.

The river was expected to fall below flood stage early Friday afternoon and continue falling to 14.6 feet Tuesday   morning.

According to the National Weather Service, at 28.0 feet, cropland flooding is very extensive and   water begins to cover County Highway 46.

County Highway 47 had one   to two feet of water over the unpaved portions, according to the weather service, and evacuations might be   necessary due to access problems.

The Tupelo reporting station had 10.33 inches of rain since June 1, bringing the total for the year to 39.88 inches, about 12 inches above normal.

The total was 8.68 inches above normal for the first 10 days of June.

Heavy rain was still possible Friday afternoon with rain probabilities gradually decreasing until clearing Sunday night.

No injuries have been reported due to the flooding although a few drivers got stuck after disregarding the danger of driving through water.

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