Soggy Friday Adds To Weather Woes

Soggy Friday Adds To Weather Woes

It was a soggy first Friday in May as Memphis residents braved chilly temperatures and a constant rain.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - It was a soggy first Friday in May, as Memphis residents braved chilly temperatures and a constant rain.

It wasn't just rain Tara Austin was worried about. She was driving on Weaver Road in southwest Memphis on Friday afternoon when danger found her.

"All of a sudden a tree just fell from the sky, no way I could stop or anything," Austin said.

The tree landed on the front of her car, smashing the front bumper.

"I almost died," she said.

Near the University of Memphis campus, a large tree fell blocking all four lanes of Park Avenue.

"I just saw a bolt of lightening and looked like a shooting flame," Steve Fisher said. "It freaked me out because I lost one last year twice that size."

On Mud Island, the Mississippi River continued to soak park space.

"The river gage in Memphis today at 7 a.m. was 31.7 feet. The National Weather Service forecast shows it going to a crest of 34 feet on May 9," said James Pogue with the Army Corps of Engineers.

"To put this in perspective, 34 feet is what we call 'bank full' stage. In other words, the river will just begin to come out of its banks here at that level, but will remain well within the levee system," he added.

A sinkhole near Millington and an overflowing creek near Nesbit were also being blamed on the weather.

"Base on river predictions, we installed the gates at two pumping stations in the downtown area last week," Dwan Gilliom, Director of Public Works for the City of Memphis said.

"These two gates have been installed and we have activated our pumps at the stations a couple of times since then to pump down the water that reached several reservoirs around the pumping stations," he added.
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