Flood water starting to pour over into Mud Island

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — People are keeping an eye on the different rivers in the Mid-South to make sure they’re not in danger with the flooding that’s been going on.

Some areas in Arkansas have been so bad it’s led to highway shut downs and flooded homes. Luckily in Memphis, it doesn’t seem any real damage has occurred.

“It’s really taken a big rise in the past couple days actually," said Lori Wyckoff, who lives on Mud Island.

Wyckoff keeps a close eye on the Mississippi River in her backyard after seeing the damage it can cause.

“You have to repaint and clear the debris," she said.

That’s what she had to do last year when the river rose all the way up to her storage closet door. She had just moved in.

“That was my welcome to Memphis.”

It was one of the top ten worst floods Mud Island’s ever seen.

Recently, the river started to rise again and isn’t expected to stop until hitting its peak next Saturday.

“I’m not as nervous as I was last year, but I’m definitely keeping an eye on it just to make sure," said Wyckoff.

On Sunday, the rising water brought some people out to the park.

“Just out here to see how high the river actually got," said Linda Smith.

It's an interesting sight to see, but isn’t expected to reach historic heights.

Just six years ago, it was the second highest level ever recorded, causing streets to be closed off as they went under water.

There are now yellow lines on the marina that show where the water got up to.

“We kind of use that as a gauge on how safe we feel," said Wyckoff.

She said she feels good about it this time around but dreads having to deal with the trash and other items the high tide brings into her yard.

The Mississippi River is expected to be above flood stage in Memphis this week.

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