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Crews Rescuing Residents Trapped By Floodwaters

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Posted at 11:43 AM, Mar 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-11 17:23:54-05

A rescue crew has evacuated ten people from four Shelby County homes that were surrounded by floodwaters from an overflowing river.

Rescuers used an amphibious vehicle to maneuver through a neighborhood swamped by water from the swollen Loosahatchie River Friday. Among those rescued was an 87-year-old man with a health issue.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mickey Keaton said none of the houses had water in them. But the roads leading to the homes were flooded, trapping residents.

Those with the National Weather Service said three to ten inches of rain had fallen in parts of West Tennessee, north Mississippi, and eastern Arkansas since late Tuesday. Flood warnings were in effect as forecasters predicted one to three more inches of rain could fall in the area this weekend.