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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Heavy Rainfall, Minimal Damage

A slow-moving storm front dumped up to 5 inches of rain on parts of West Tennessee on Sunday and Monday, causing some flooding in low-lying areas but no real damage to homes, roads and businesses, according to emergency management officials.

Authorities on Monday said they would continue to monitor river and lake flood stages today for more potential flooding.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the South Fork of the Forked Deer River in Jackson until 6 p.m. today. The river was at 33 feet at 1 p.m. Monday. Flood stage is 34 feet, and the weather service forecasts the river will pass flood stage today.

Today's forecast shows a chance of drizzling rain but no heavy rainfall, according to the weather service. Skies will be cloudy, with a high near 42 degrees.

Skies will continue to be cloudy this evening with a low of around 33 degrees.

Marty Clements, director of the Madison County Emergency Management Agency, spent most of Monday driving around checking on low-lying areas. A number of roads in Jackson and in surrounding counties were closed on Monday.

By Monday afternoon, portions of Bemis, South Jackson and the Turkey Creek area experienced minor flooding.

"We're fortunate this front moved in slow," Clements said. "It allowed time for everything to move — for the rivers to be able to take in all the water."

The owner of Old Country Auto Sales, located at the corner of Airways Boulevard and the U.S. 45 Bypass, took precautions to avoid the damage suffered during the May 2010 flood. Bobby Greene said he moved all the dealership's merchandise up the street to higher, drier ground on Saturday.

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