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With 'Mother Nature in charge,' Dams Unleash Floodwaters

Heavy rains cause massive flooding in Mississippi and Tennessee. Heavy rains cause massive flooding in Mississippi and Tennessee. |  Photo: WAPT/ABC Newsone

ROGELIO V. SOLIS and MICHAEL WARREN
Created: February 17, 2020 11:26 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Days and days of heavy rain have forced authorities managing dams in Mississippi and Tennessee to release more water, worsening the flooding for people living downstream.

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Dramatic video posted by a Tennessee fire department showed the impact: Two houses tumbled down a bluff over the Tennessee River, while many others have been swamped to their rooftops.

Video provided by: Hardin County Fire Department, Savannah Tennessee/YouTube

Entire neighborhoods have disappeared in muddy water below the Tennessee Valley Authority's Pickwick Reservoir.

And in Mississippi, people in and around the capital of Jackson are bracing for more flooding as the rain-swollen Pearl River is expected to crest on Monday. 
 

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ROGELIO V. SOLIS and MICHAEL WARREN

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