Flash flooding in DeSoto closes roads

Flash flooding made travel difficult for DeSoto motorists on Friday, with more rain expected.

Flash flooding in DeSoto County caused creeks to overrun their banks and rivers to rise, not to mention some low-lying flooding, according to DeSoto County Emergency management Agency officials.

Chris Olson, Chief Deputy Director of the DeSoto County Emergency Management Agency, said at least two roads closures occurred earlier Friday and more could be anticipated as the most recent rain event continues.

"U.S Hwy. 51 within the city limits of Hernando was closed briefly due to the rain and Nail Road in Walls was also closed," Olson said. ""The rain let up some, so we opened them back up, but we expect more rain. Hopefully, mid-day Saturday most of the rain will be out of here."

Olson said the entire area is under a flash flood watch for the remainder of the 24 hour-period, in which there could be upward of between four to six inches of rainfall.

"This will be a big rain event for us," Olson said. "More rain is expected next week as well. What we're showing is that more rainfall is expected the latter part of next week as well."

Olson said next Tuesday should be dry but more rain could fall the latter part of next week.

"We're only expecting about a 20 percent chance of rain," Olson said.

Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at rlong@desootimestribune.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.

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