Flash flooding reported Saturday

Published 2:44 pm Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Staff Report

No major damage had been reported early Monday from the flash flood that swept through southeastern Panola County Saturday afternoon, although officials were still receiving reports of road washes and downed trees.

“It was a no notice event,” said Daniel Cole, director of the county’s Emergency Operations Management office. “By the time we started receiving calls the water had come and gone. There was isolated flooding and some trees on the ground, but that was about all there was.”

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Unofficial rain totals ranged from 3.5 to 4.5 inches of rain received about 5 p.m. in the county. The heaviest reported rains were east of Batesville and south of Hwy. 6 to Pope-Water Valley Rd.

Cole responded to one call of water over Highway 6 east of Batesville about where Lawrence Bros. Rd. intersects, but the flooding had subsided when he arrived, leaving only debris on the highway.

The Eureka Water Association was unable to provide water to its customers from Saturday evening until Sunday because a main water line was washed away where it crosses a small creek on Eureka Rd., just east of Woodruff Rd.

Some churches in the area did not have regular Sunday services because the water association’s system was being repaired that morning.

Cutline:   For a few minutes Saturday afternoon drivers on Hwy. 6 E. in front of Lowe’s found almost a foot of water covering the highway. The flooding drained quickly and no motorist reported damage. (Contributed)