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Big Black River Floods Out Residents

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HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Flooding rivers in the metro area continue to creep towards their crests, raising concern for residents along their banks.

All week state officials have been stressing to residents that with this flood event, they need to be prepared, in case the waters threaten their homes.

Although the majority of people won't be effected, Friday there are some who saw the power of the flooding, firsthand.

Just after 9 am Friday morning, Hinds county Emergency Management, and deputies received a call to help two residents stranded by the flood off Old Highway 80.

The residents had a boat, but currents from the rising Big Black river, too strong for them to get to higher ground.

"The vehicles had water under them and we couldn't get out and I just want to thank Hinds county so much for coming to get us," said Linda Finley. "What we're concerned about is it's supposed to storm this weekend, three inches more and we knew it'd be impossible to get out."

Other residents of Western Hinds county, also cut off from their homes by the Big Black River, as it overflowed it's banks.

Several roads in the area, already covered in river water, and the crest isn't expected to happen until Sunday.

"Right now were monitoring all the rivers and levels and things," said Hinds EOC Assistant Director Joey Perkins. "We just want people to be aware and take precautions."

Thousands of acres of farmland in western Hinds County are now underwater. Any corn already planted is likely to be destroyed, and wet fields could push back planting of other crops for several weeks.

The Pearl River will crest Friday night. The National Weather Service keeping a close eye on storms coming in at the start of the week that could drop several inches on already soaked portions of the state.

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