|Shelby County Waterways, courtesy FEMA (click for large image)|
|Mississippi River Basin, courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers|
The Mississippi River at Memphis gauge is currently at 38.44 feet (Friday evening). Flood stage is 34.0 feet. It will continue to rise, reaching moderate flood stage of 40.0 feet Saturday evening and cresting at about 45 feet on May 10. Major flood stage at Memphis is 46 feet. The only recorded crests high than 45 feet at Memphis were 48.7 feet in February 1937 and 45.8 feet in April 1927. At 44 feet, the NWS indicates that there will be significant flooding occurring along both banks of the river in TN, AR, and MS. Riverside Drive and Tom Lee Park are flooded at 48 feet. For more details on the Memphis gauge and it's forecast, visit water.weather.gov (click here).
Many in Germantown, Collierville, and others have had to deal with flooding from the Wolf River and large areas of typically dry land are under water from the Mississippi River being so high. Recently, Shelby County officials outlined nearly 2,300 properties that could be affected by flood waters as early as Sunday when the river will reach 41'. Officials indicate that they are planning for a 48' crest and hoping the river does not get that high.
MemphisWeather.net will continue to keep you informed on rising waters. The forecast of additional heavy rain Sunday through Tuesday could exacerbate the issue, especially for local waterways like the Loosahatchie and Wolf Rivers. Flooding is the #1 cause of weather-related fatalities each year in the United States. It is not a hazard to be taken lightly.
Below is a Public Service Announcement from Mayor A.C. Wharton:
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