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Memphis on alert as Mississippi rises again

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With steady rains in the forecast for the weekend and a rising Mississippi River, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Bluff City.

The Mississippi River has taken over Greenbelt Park on Mud Island near downtown. Floodwater is covering the grass, trees are underwater and a navigational buoy floats through the park.

"Every time I drive home from work it gets higher and higher everyday," said Ashley Williams, who pulled over to take a picture of the rising waters. "It's kind of fun to watch. I wasn't here during the previous floods so this is the first time I've seen it so high."

The NWS said the river was at 32 feet in Downtown Memphis midday Friday. Flood stage is 34 feet. Memphis is 4,77 inches of rain in the past four months.

FOX13 News meteorologist Brian Basham explains what's causing the surge.

"One of the problems we're seeing right now is that we've got all the weather coming in from the north," Basham said. "We've got record snow in the Midwest and we're dealing with all that water coming down there, on top of the rain we're already seeing here; and likely to see some flooding probably of the Mississippi River within the next week."

Bob Nations, Shelby County of Emergency Preparedness, stressed this is fairly minor flooding at this point. It's no where near the flood of 2011. But people should take the flood warning seriously and stay away from the banks of the Mississippi.

"We're just trying to use as much caution as possible because anytime the water's rising it becomes unpredictable," Nations said. "So they're just not going to be recreational waters for the next few days or weeks. Anytime you have rising waters and the potential for them to go out of their banks a little bit, those low lying areas could become very dangerous and again they can become unpredictable."

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