Franklin Creek picking up the pieces after devastating flooding

By Sylvia Hall - bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - At a glance, you may never know the worst of the East Jackson County flooding is over. As of Saturday afternoon, water was still standing on many roads, and some houses were only accessible by boat.

"[I] Can't believe it came up that high," said Sylvia Self who lives in Orange Grove.

The Self family returned to their home Friday for the first time since they were rescued by boat from the rising water almost a week ago. Self has been through several floods in her Franklin Creek home, but she said she never expected these waters would linger for so long. She said her family's home hasn't flooded this much since Hurricane Katrina.

"We really thought it was going to go down within the next day or something," Self said.  "Maybe two days tops, but it stayed up forever."

Her family had to stay in a hotel for almost an entire week. When they arrived, they found a lot of damage.

"Well, we've lost about six cars because we didn't think the water was gonna come up that high, so we didn't take them out," said Self.

Now its time for this family and many others to pick up the pieces. The Salvation Army went to Franklin Creek Friday to see how they could help. What they found were people helping themselves.

"I was really amazed at how well the people handled it," said Captain Andy Collette of the Salvation Army.  "But at the same time I felt so sorry for them because they'd lost things that they loved, and they'd lost things that they needed."

Collette says the Salvation Army has already helped out nearly 70 families in the area, handing out flood buckets, groceries and anything else people needed.

"This saved us a lot of money from them giving us the cleaning supplies," said Self.  "So we didn't have to go out and buy any."

But the Salvation Army's work isn't over in Franklin Creek.

"When water comes in your house, you need help, somebody's gotta come help," said Collette. "We know that it's going to be an ongoing issue coming into next week and heading into Easter."

"It helps," said Self.  "It helps, everything helps."

The Salvation Army encourages everyone in serious need to call them.

"The people in East Jackson County are very strong people. They're very hearty people, and they're used to floods. And they're used to things not going well for them, and they're able to help themselves a lot," said Collette. "What we know is sometimes you need a helping hand to get them over the little bump in the road. That's what we're here for."

The numbers for the Jackson County Salvation are 228-762-7222, for the East side of the county. Anyone needing assistance on the West side should call 228-374-7008.

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