Emergency officials warn about mass flooding in West Tennessee

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JACKSON, Tenn. — After the constant rain mixed with previous snow and ice, many are seeing flooding across West Tennessee. Jackson-Madison County Emergency Management Director Marty Clements said residents could see this aftermath of the winter storm for days. Until the flooding threat passes, he urges extreme caution when navigating streets with high water. He said the area near Ashport Road and North Highland Avenue usually is prone to flooding. “It can quickly go from two to four inches to up to a foot,” Clements said. “Then you get problems, because people aren’t going to be able to stop that fast.” He said besides the high waters, there are the dangers of pot holes created by ice breaking the road. “If you hit that too fast, that can help flip a car over and turn it sideways,” Clements said. Resident Justin Cisco said in his experience, the best way to avoid disaster is being aware. “There’s still some places that got flooded,” Cisco said. “So just take it easy and drive slow.” Clements said it may take three to four days before the flooding is gone, but there is the possibility of river flooding in the next couple of days.

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