A slow moving storm drenched the county for the first half of the week leaving some residents up to their knees in water.
A flood warning was issued by the National Weather Service for both Carroll and Leflore counties. According to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, the flood warning is extended through Thursday night. On Monday morning, heavy rains caused flooding in areas in Teoc near County Roads 73 and 186. Rising flood waters were also reported in the Valley Hill area.
As of Tuesday morning, according to Carroll County Civil Defense and county MEMA Director Gayle Beard said there were 7-and-a-half inches of rain that had fallen, and flooding was a major issue in parts of the county.
“There’s a lot of water and flooding,” Beard said. “In some areas, we had water that was mailbox-high.”
Beard said 1,000 sandbags were distributed throughout some of the hardest hit areas.
“We called Leflore County and Washington County and got several sandbags from them,” Beard said. “Valley Hill started to look better Tuesday. Ditches were still full of water and standing in crop rows, but not as much in the yards.”
Along with County Roads 73 and 186, Beard said County Road 193 (Wiggins Road) had succumbed to major flooding. Problems were also reported in County Roads 66 and 67.
“There were several trees down in all the beats,” Beard said. “There were minimal problems reported in Beat Five.”
Along Highway 7, flooding was visible on both sides of the highway and where the Big Sand Creek marks the Carroll and Leflore County border, rising waters rushed underneath the bridge.
Residents are urged not to drive or walk through areas where water covers the roadway. Water in the roadway may be deeper than it appears, and extreme caution should always be used.
Montgomery County did not appear to have received any flood damage due to this week’s rains. According to the Montgomery County EOC, a down tree was reported on Scotland Road on Tuesday.