Flooding expected in DeSoto

Heavy rainfall could result in high water closing some roads in DeSoto County on Thursday.

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Rainfall overnight is expected to cause low-lying areas to flood this morning with some roads expected to be closed, according to DeSoto County Road Manager Andy Swims.

"Rain chances have dropped ever so slightly but they are still expecting pretty heavy rainfall at times overnight," Swims said. "We think that will mean that we will be dealing with road closures in the morning," added Swims during a late Wednesday afternoon interview.

Swims said the recent spate of wet weather has caused the ground to become saturated with moisture.

"Everything is pretty well saturated right now so creeks and rivers will fill up faster than they normally would," Swims said.

At press time Wednesday, Conger Road in eastern DeSoto County was closed and the Mississippi Delta portion of DeSoto County was facing rising water.

"Conger Road is still under water and so is the Hernando DeSoto River Park near Walls," Swims said. "We also may be a bit pessimistic but we put up barricades on the shoulders with the anticipation of closing Holly Springs Road."

DeSoto County Supervisor Lee Caldwell, whose district includes portions of western and central DeSoto County, said Wednesday afternoon that water covered half of Baldwin Road and that along Nail, east of U.S. Hwy. 61, water was covering the roadway.

Motorists are urged to use caution if they approach a road or bridge that is under water.

"The old saying is turn around — don't drown," DeSoto County Chief Deputy Macon Moore said. "We've seen a few roads in spotty areas with flooding. If we get all of what they're expecting, we'll see a lot of flooding."

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

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