Mid-South Bracing for Possible Flooding

Excessive Rain Predicted - Prepare for Flooding


“Stay weather aware! The National Weather Service predicts a prolonged wet weather pattern for the Mid-South with widespread heavy rainfall and potential flooding. A flash flood watch begins tonight at midnight through 6:00 a.m. Thursday. More rain is expected Friday night into Saturday. Review your flood plans and share our safety tips with your family,” said Dale Lane, Director Shelby County Office of Preparedness.


  •  Short Term Forecast: Tonight through Saturday several inches of rain with possible flash flooding and river flooding.
  • Long Term Forecast: Runoff from heavy rainfall may result in rapid rises in river, stream and creek levels. Widespread lowland flooding is possible and poor drainage urban areas may experience street flooding.
  • Flooding Safety Tips:
  • Monitor the forecast and river levels.
  • Heed the watches and warnings.
  • Clear debris from nearby storm drains before the rain begins.
  • Have a plan to evacuate or shelter-in-place at a moment’s notice.
  • Have alternative routes from home and work.
  •  Know where higher ground is located.
  • Avoid traveling at night when it is difficult to see the depth of water and hidden debris.
  • Never drive through water on the road - turn around, don’t drown!
  •  Do not drive around barricades.
  • Do not walk or swim in flood waters. Flood waters can be toxic. 
  • Do not allow children or pets near flood waters.
  • Have a disaster kit for home, work and auto to sustain you and your pets for 7 days.
  • Plan for pets and animals to be moved to higher ground.
  • Caption: National Weather Service graphic Resource: www.weather.gov/Memphis

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