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Farmers, Residents Watching Big Black River Crest

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EDWARDS, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Residents in western Hinds County are still struggling through flooding problems. Heavy rains earlier this week delayed a second crest on the Big Black river until Friday.

The river has leveled off at 39.1 feet. That level is expected to slowly fall over the next week.

Some residents that live right along the river bank are being forced to boat in to their houses.

Many say their residences are still on dry ground, but the roads are covered in several feet of water.

Some we talked to say it's been almost a decade since the water levels have been this high.

Several hundred acres of farmland are also underwater. The farmers we talked to say they will have to re-plant some corn that was washed away by flash flooding.

The Big Black River and Clear Creek have now merged into one.

That will also delay spring planting by nearly a month for some farmers, because the fields are too wet to get in.

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