- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities say 160 people evacuated from a Memphis neighborhood due to high water from heavy rains should be able to return on Monday.

WMC-TV (http://bit.ly/1sRgTh6) reports several residents in the Whitehaven neighborhood were evacuated and sent to the Hickory Hill Community Center to stay overnight.

Some areas of the city and Shelby County got nearly 6 inches of rain on Sunday within six hours. City officials say storm drains couldn’t handle that much water in such a short time, which led to flash flooding and evacuations.

The water also was high at the Wolf River Greenway, where both the parking lot and a trail were covered with water.

WMC reports the water has already receded in many of the flooded areas.

On Sunday night, Ronald Bennett said he noticed the water starting to build up near his residence.

“Once it started coming through my heater vents and coming through the front door, I knew it was time to go,” said Bennett. “So I grabbed the cats, put them in a flotation device.”

Then he went to nearby homes warning his neighbors about the flash flooding.

“Everybody was walking around in water up to their knees,” he said.

The episode caught some nearby residents, including Tony Marshall, by surprise.

“I’ve been here 34 years and I’ve never seen this happen,” he said.

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Information from: WMC-TV, http://www.wmctv.com/

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