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MCNAIRY COUNTY, Tenn. — McNairy County Mayor Larry Smith declared a state of emergency on Wednesday due to flash flooding.

Emergency officials in McNairy County encouraged everyone to stay home after heavy rain caused flooding across the area. The McNairy County Sheriff’s Office posted a picture of the rising waters on Facebook after their 911 center flooded.

Calls originating in McNairy County have been rerouted to Hardin County. Officials said they are working to set up a remote location which they hope to have completed in the next couple of hours.

They encouraged everyone to stay at home as many of the area’s roads are flooded. Several people have needed to be rescued.

A boil water alert has also been issued by the Selmer Utility Division until further notice.