The abundance of heavy rainfall in such a short amount of time over the last two days here in south Mississippi has caused major flooding across the Coast. Early Wednesday morning, Harrison County District 1 Supervisor, Windy Swetman, and a team of county employees began rescuing families who were trapped in their houses because of flood waters.
Swetman says, “They got up this morning, couldn't get out of their neighborhoods, so we were able to deploy one of our large flatbed trucks into the neighborhood with some of our employees to retrieve those residents and get them to safe, dry land." Roy Smith has lived in the Wells Ferry neighborhood for ten years. He says flooding like this happens more often than you would think.
Smith says, "We're pretty lucky for what’s going on now. It has been worse than this many of times." Tuesday night, many residents moved their cars and boats to higher ground onto Highway 67. Smith says he lives in a house that sits the lowest in the neighborhood, but isn't worried. Smith also says, "Not flooding, but getting water up underneath it at about 11 foot, so whatever it is now, that’s about how much water I got under my house, about four feet." Harrison County Emergency Manager, Rupert Lacy, says river beds north of I-10 got the most rainfall, causing the area to flood. Lacy says it will be after high tide when the water will start to go down.
Lacy says, "Now into that Lamey Bridge Road area, following Tuskacheney around, until it gets past the promenade, and once it gets past there, then you got a little bit higher bluff and marsh land." For those living in flooded areas, officials say the water should recede by late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. There was one resident who didn’t mind the flooding: neighborhood dog, Marley. Lacy says Harrison County waters are cresting and will recede soon, while Jackson County Emergency Manager, Earl Etheridge, says parts of Jackson County will be under a flood warning through Saturday.