Flooding in Jackson County

Residents in Jackson County are experiencing some major flash flooding.

All of the water surrounding land-locked houses spilled in from river flooding in the wake of heavy rainfall. Jackson County Emergency Services Director Earl Etheridge said, “The river here is over flood stage, and we have some minor river flooding over in Jackson County, especially in the Escatawpa area.”

Residents like Jerold McKinney are taking matters into their own hands, armed and ready to protect his home and property in Escatawpa. “It’s everything I own, everything I own with no insurance. You can’t afford flood insurance where I live. It is ridiculous, the prices of insurance where I live. They are robbing people and then they don’t want to pay you if something does happen. It’s a really big scam. I would rather save it myself than depend on them.”

McKinney and others are getting a helping hand where they can. A number of residents flood into get sandbags provided by the county. “We have given out sand in sandbags. We have done over 500 so far today and we will give out another thousand this afternoon. Really for river flooding that is about all we can do. We can just give out sand in sand bags,” said Etheridge.

Emergency management officials urge residents to take precaution on the roadways too, saying it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t go around barricades and if you see an area where there is flooding, remember the old saying ‘turn around, don’t drown.’ “Also people who live in that area typically know how to prepare for this so they need to know to be able to move their vehicles and have their furniture and everything out of the way so they don’t lose too much when it floods,” said Etheridge.

Jackson County officials say the flooding should subside by Monday or Tuesday.

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