SELMER, Tenn. — Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning heavy rainfall caused major flooding in the Crossroads area and left much of the county seat of McNairy County underwater.

McNairy County Emergency Management was still assessing damage to the Selmer area with reports of many flooded businesses along Court Avenue, the major transportation artery through the heart of town.

The Hardin County Fire Department flew a drone over Selmer and aerial photos showed much of the town flooded.

At least seven people had to be rescued from the ABB industrial facility in Selmer early Wednesday morning after Fourth Street became submerged.

Hardin County Search and Rescue and a private boat helped evacuate the people who are employed in the former General Electric building, according to eyewitnesses.

Fourth Street remained under water, as well as portions of Court Avenue. Law enforcement agencies, firefighters and emergency workers helped block streets from traffic.

ABB is Asea, Brown and Boveri, a Swiss multinational corporation.

In Corinth, the situation was less severe. Water was up to the doorsteps of a number of homes on West Melody Lane, according to Public Works Director Clayton Mills. The underpasses on Cass Street and Fulton Drive flooded and had to be blocked, and a culvert washed out at Gaines and Galyean.

Alcorn County Emergency Management Director Ricky Gibens reported no major flooding in Alcorn County.


A 1981 University of Tennessee - Martin graduate, Mark Boehler has over 40 years of journalism experience. His wife Dawn is the love of his life and they share five grown children and 10 grandchildren. His passion is his work - writing and photography.

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