Intense rain in Jackson leads to issues for residents



JACKSON, TN (WNBJ)-


More rain means more worries about the threat of flooding here in west Tennessee some people have already been dealing with problems from high water.


Intense rain all day today has Madison County under a flood watch until 6:00 Wednesday morning (2/23), but residents are trying to continue on with their regular lives despite the storm.


“Well, the rain has slowed people down and you know you have to be careful out there, so people are taking their time trying to get to work causing a lot of traffic and things like that,” said Jackson resident Bobby Mathis.


“All the leaves and stuff are kind of creating some havoc in the drainage lines…it’s a lot of rain,” said Jackson resident Garry Martin. He has been able to deal with all the rain, “I have a truck so I’m good.”


Another Jackson resident was not so lucky. Her car was damaged by some deep standing water at the intersection of Old Hickory Blvd. and the 45 bypass. She says it'll cost 400 dollars to fix her car. She blames the city because she says because the road is not equipped to handle heavy rains from storms like this.


Some businesses have also had some problems with all the rain. One told 39 news that they're experiencing flooding and some leaks, they're so busy trying to prevent further damage, no one at the business had time to talk with us on camera.


Flooding also caused the Madison County solid waste convenience center in Medon to close for the day.

And there's a flood warning along the South Fork of the Forked Deer River in Jackson until noon on Thursday (2/24)

but despite all the problems, Gary hopes that the rain will bring some good, “We need it, farmers are going to be appreciative of it here in a couple weeks, but right now it's real messy.”


People in Madison County just hope that any mess caused by all this rain won't be too much for them to handle.


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