Corinth flooding causes store closings

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – The view of Harper Square Mall on Wednesday from U.S. Highway 72 at its intersection with South Harper Road was a stark reminder of a year ago, when more than 12 inches of rain over two days resulted in widespread flooding in Corinth and Alcorn County.
About two feet of water inundated the shopping center’s parking lot early Wednesday. Businesses were closed and police cruisers blocked entrances to the parking area to prevent access.
At two other busy shopping centers where stores were closed by last year’s May 1-2 floods, Wednesday’s heavy rainfall over a short period led to less severe flood damage, but store closings nonetheless.
At Southgate Shopping Center, the J.C. Penney store opened late due to some minor flooding, while Books-A-Million closed for the day. However, Belk was open.
Kroger, at Fulton Crossing Shopping Center, opened later than usual, and Kmart reopens at its usual 8 a.m. time today.
Last year, it took weeks for the businesses to reopen after they sustained heavy flood damage. Belk and Kroger reopened in June, J.C. Penney reopened in October, and Kmart reopened less than two months ago.
By early afternoon Wednesday, meteorologist Robert Berry at the National Weather Service in Memphis said 4-8 inches of rain had fallen in Corinth during the previous 24 hours.
A forecast that called for continuing rainfall later in the afternoon meant the crew couldn’t do much more than put up barriers on flooded streets, said Corinth Street Commissioner Jim Bynum.
“Our drainages, ditches and creeks are doing a good job, but we’ve had a too abundant amount of rain in a short period of time,” Bynum said.

Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@journalinc.com.