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Humphreys County residents warned of flooding potential

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DURANT, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The rising Mississippi River could affect tributaries like the Yazoo River.

Humphreys County residents were briefed Wednesday by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on how they can be affected.

People living in the area crowded around officials from the Corps of Engineers and the Mississippi Levee Board to get maps and materials to find out if their land will be taken over by flood waters.

Hundreds packed the Humphreys County Multi-Purpose Building for the latest information.

They were told that some are in a protected area, but in other areas up to 200,000 acres could be under water.

"Over here in the Carter area between here and Yazoo City that water is coming up from the Mississippi River up the Yazoo River, and it's going back into the area and go over 49 Highway and 149 Highway," said Kent Parrish with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

There is very little flooding now along the Yazoo River.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation has not closed any roadways.

Officials with MDOT, the American Red Cross, FEMA and the Small Business Administration were on hand to answer questions.

Residents were told that the Yazoo River Levee in Belzoni should hold and not have any problems.

But officials said there could be flooding if the Yazoo Backwater Levee in Warren County breaks.

"Basically what we were telling everybody is be prepared," said Peter Nimrod with the Mississippi Levee Board. "Just know there is a danger here. Danger that that levee might break, the backwater levee might break and if it did you still have a couple of days to get out and evacuate the area, but at least come up with a plan."

If the Yazoo Backwater Levee gives way over 800,000 acres would be flooded between Warren and Humphreys Counties.

The levee has been armored with poly sheeting to prevent erosion if water overtops the structure.

Corps of Engineers officials told those in attendance that once the waters rise it will be mid June before falling to 2008 flood levels.

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