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Homes go under water as Mississippi River hits crest of nearly 50 feet

The Mississippi River has crested almost 50 feet. Source: WLBT The Mississippi River has crested almost 50 feet. Source: WLBT
The Mississippi River has crested almost 50 feet. Source: WLBT The Mississippi River has crested almost 50 feet. Source: WLBT
The Mississippi River has crested almost 50 feet. Source: WLBT The Mississippi River has crested almost 50 feet. Source: WLBT
The Mississippi River has crested almost 50 feet. Source: WLBT The Mississippi River has crested almost 50 feet. Source: WLBT
WARREN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Some homes near the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers are left completely under water as the Mississippi hits its crest of nearly 50 feet, seven feet above flood stage.

Hitting its crest on Saturday and holding steady, the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers now cover homes, roadways and farmland.

"The soil here is some of the richest in this part of the country, but it is rich because it is flooded on a regular basis," said Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace. "Then every year or two, you have a situation like this where you can't plant. It's like good news and bad news."

Law Enforcement Officers have increased their patrols during the flood and for some, a different mode of transportation is required.

Detective Samuel Winchester has been unloading the boat every morning and night checking on residents of Chickasaw Road as some chose to hold their ground, even though they knew that ground would be six to ten feet under water.

"This is a close knit community. They pretty much help each other out and they look out for one another," said Detective Winchester. "Basically, I'm just making sure that they are safe and their property is safe."

Sheriff Pace says they have seen water levels starting to drop already, but it will take days before roads are dry enough to be reopened.

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