Officials Keep Eye On Rising Water At Memphis

Posted at 4:08 PM, Jan 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-03 17:08:32-05

Officials said flooding from the Mississippi River has been nearing some homes in low-lying areas in Memphis.

Emergency responders were making on-site inspections Sunday in Memphis and Shelby County neighborhoods that could be affected by rising water.

Officials said the Mississippi River has been set to crest at 41 feet on Friday.

Dale Lane, director of the Shelby County Office of Preparedness, said all main roads were open, but said people needed to be on the lookout to avoid being trapped by high water. Officials said the river was just a few feet away from Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said the city has so far been fortunate that high water has not gotten into any homes or businesses.