Officials Visit Homes Amid Memphis Flood Threat

Posted at 8:04 AM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 14:30:34-05

Emergency responders have visited about 120 homes and businesses in the Memphis area to warn people about rising water in the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

Authorities in Shelby County have closely monitored water levels in the Mississippi River since December 29, and a flood warning has been put in place for areas along the river in West Tennessee. The National Weather Service said the water level of the Mississippi River at Memphis was 39.02 feet Wednesday.

The river has been expected to crest at 40.2 feet Friday. That prediction was slightly lower than earlier crest estimates of 40.5 feet.

Water has entered yards and storage areas of a handful of homes on Mud Island, located south of Memphis' downtown, but there were no reports of major flood damage in the county.