Between 4-6 inches soaked the region, but it came so hard and so fast that more than a foot and a half of water accumulated in some areas, said Scott McNeil, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
According to the National Weather Service, Thursday's total rainfall was 2.08 inches, and Friday brought 2.28 inches in Tupelo.
Roads flooded in Tupelo, Verona, Palmetto, Amory, Hatley, Smithville and Bruce. Some houses also took in water, especially in the Tupelo and Amory areas, McNeil said. Amory and Aberdeen had flooding due to the Tombigbee waterway rising.
In Verona, two cars became trapped early Friday morning while attempting to drive on Raymond Avenue. Water had reached the vehicles' doors, prompting evacuations and a partial street closure.
The water had receded by 8 a.m., said Nathan Williams, Verona Public Works supervisor.
"There were some leaves on the drains, but we kept it off and it started going down," Williams said. "But as long as it was raining as hard as it was, with the creeks full, the drains just weren't taking any more water."
The area was pounded by rain May 1-2, when tornadoes and wet roads led to six deaths in Northeast Mississippi. This week's downpours didn't lead to any injuries or major damage, but they did pose problems of their own.
Connie Martin watched the drama unfold from the Super C Tobacco store on Raymond Avenue, where she is the manager. Martin arrived at 4 a.m. and said the flooding began an hour later.
"I've been here for nine years, and it used to (flood) like this a lot but it hasn't in awhile," Martin said. "This is the first time in a long time it's been like this."
The Haven Acres neighborhood in south Tupelo also saw some flooding Friday, the first time since a $600,000 drainage improvement project corrected the problem four years ago.
"It's the first time we've had it this bad since" the improvement, said Ward 7 Councilman Willie Jennings, who lives in and represents the area.
"The creek filled up, and the rain came so fast," Jennings said, "that some of the streets flooded."
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