MS watches for flooding

BY SUSAN KIM | MARKS, Miss. | October 12, 2002

"Most damaged homes had about 1-3 inches of water in them."

—Amy Carruth

As the Coldwater and Arkabutler rivers rose close to flood stage over the weekend, emergency management officials said wider flooding could be looming for the Mississippi Delta region.

By Friday -- after seven inches of rain fell in some areas -- damage assessments showed road damage as well as pockets of residential damage throughout northern Mississippi.

In the town of Marks -- devastated by a federally declared flood last year -- some 50 homes had water in them, said Amy Carruth of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

"Most damaged homes had about 1-3 inches of water in them," she said.

Marks is in Quitman County.

Carruth was concerned about the Coldwater and Arkabutler rivers, which were close to flood stage Friday afternoon.

The Rev. Charles Simmons of the Marks United Methodist Church said areas just north of town were wiped out by last year's floods.

"A buyout there has averted damage that already could have occurred," he said.

Poorly maintained roads in the most rural areas can make it difficult to deliver sandbags as well as relief supplies, Carruth added.

"Some back roads are not well built. Some are dirt roads."

In the town of Senatobia, two teenage girls were killed Thursday when their car was swept into a rain-swollen drainage ditch.

Other counties besides Quitman County reporting flood damage to homes Friday included Desoto County (five homes), Grenada County (five homes), Panola County (three homes), and Tate County (two homes).

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