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Oxford area businesses clean up after heavy rains cause flooding

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Portions of Calhoun County, particularly in Old Downtown Oxford are cleaning up after heavy rains Wednesday caused extreme flooding.

The Oxford Fire Department says around 3:30 p.m. yesterday the area accumulated several inches of rain that finally subsided around 5 p.m.

The Fire Chief says he heard reports of as much as 3-4 feet of water behind a cluster of businesses on Main Street. 

The Oxford Police Department says significant flooding happened on Hale Street behind Oxford High School, Snow Street at the intersection of HWY 21, downtown near Spring Street, and the northern end of Main Street.

Fire officials says a total of eight businesses sustained water damage.

A candle shop owner, Patty Massey says water was gushing in from her store's back door and the only way she could get it out was by sweeping it through the front door.

"I thought this must be something strange going on and I'm the only one its happening to. But pretty soon when I saw the street, there were other shops affected too," Massey said.

The fire department says six vehicles were damaged. Fire crews had to rescue one person from a home and people from a car on HWY 21.

According to Calhoun County EMA Director Jonathan Gaddy, the area affected by the heavy rains has had problems with flooding in the past.

Gaddy says the EMA and the Oxford Police Department have devised a plan to deal with any further flooding that could come with a storm system expected to roll into the area later tonight or Friday morning. 

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