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Obion County Potential Flooding Concerns Residents

By Cyndi Lundeberg
By clundeberg@wbbjtv.com

RIVES, Tenn. - Obion County residents said every time it rains at least one part of the county floods. They said flooding has become a normal part of life in the city of Rives. Jack Leach has lived in Rives for 40 years.

"It's a problem, but its something you just have to deal with," he said.

Leach said when you live in the city of Rives you learn to watch the weather and the rising flood waters from the Obion River because you do not know when you might be able to leave your home.

"Twice it's gotten high on both ends of town and we couldn't get out," he said of being trapped in his home.

Flooding in Obion County has become such a reoccurring issue last year the city installed flood gates to keep drivers from attempting to cross treacherous waters. Leach says the installation has drastically cut down accidents due to flooding.

"We're a small community and we try to look after each other and be sure everyone's okay," Leach said.

Obion County Emergency Services says the eastern parts of the county are the most flood prone. Rhonda Moore said this fact was a huge determinant in purchasing her new home.

"As long as this house has been here it has never flooded...but it does get in the fields beside us," Moore said.

Even though Moore's home has not flooded she said she still thinks it is a real possibility. Such a possibility, she has made a mental checklist of the first items she would grab in case of a flood.

"In this low area it's gonna happen. That's it, its just gonna happen," she said.

As of 10:00 p.m. Friday, no roads in Obion County had been closed.
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