Helena sisters grateful for Guardsmen who rescued them - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Helena sisters grateful for Guardsmen who rescued them

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Mississippi National Guard troops took part in a number of rescue operations in the Helena Community this week. Two sisters were among those rescued by the guardsmen.

"It started storming real bad, so I got really scared. I started panicking," said Samantha Dickson of Helena.

Dickson, her two young sons, and her sister Haley Morrow were among those rescued by the guardsmen as Hurricane Isaac's flood waters quickly rose around them. They were trapped in their home Thursday morning on Hyacinth Way in the Helena Community.

"I was scared. I didn't know how far it was going to come up," Morrow said.

Suddenly, a military truck pulled up with several guardsmen inside.

"They were just jumping out, wading through water, knocking on people's doors, trying to make people leave. It was awesome," Dickson said.

Haley took some pictures moments after the four were pulled to safety.

"Oh, it was relief. It was a relief because we were panicking really," said Dickson. "We probably would have got flooded in. I don't know if the house is flooded, but we wouldn't have been able to get out."

"You know when you're in a dream, something horrible happened and then it turns out different? It's just like pure relief. Thank God that we got out," said Morrow.

The sisters want to express their deep gratitude to the guardsmen who saved their lives.

"I couldn't say thank you enough. Words can't describe how that feels to know that they would be there when nobody else could," said Morrow.

"We wish we could return the favor, but all we can say is thank you," said Dickson.

The family is staying with church members in Alabama until they can return to their home.   According to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd, National Guard troops have helped rescue more than 75 people so far.

Copyright 2012 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • breaking

    Man accused of shooting Hattiesburg police officer now in custody

    Man accused of shooting Hattiesburg police officer now in custody

    Monday, June 18 2018 7:03 PM EDT2018-06-18 23:03:40 GMT
    Victor Kirksey (Photo source: Hattiesburg Police Department)Victor Kirksey (Photo source: Hattiesburg Police Department)

    Victor Kirksey, the man accused of shooting a Hattiesburg police officer Monday morning, is now in custody after an hours-long search.

    More >>

    Victor Kirksey, the man accused of shooting a Hattiesburg police officer Monday morning, is now in custody after an hours-long search.

    More >>
  • VIDEO: Maroon 5 helps Biloxi man with unforgettable marriage proposal

    VIDEO: Maroon 5 helps Biloxi man with unforgettable marriage proposal

    Monday, June 18 2018 7:03 PM EDT2018-06-18 23:03:00 GMT
    Dennis Foley dropped to one knee, popped the question, and the entire arena erupted in cheers. (Photo source: YouTube)Dennis Foley dropped to one knee, popped the question, and the entire arena erupted in cheers. (Photo source: YouTube)

    One couple from the Mississippi Gulf Coast stole the show at last week's Maroon 5 concert at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans - at least for a few minutes. 

    More >>

    One couple from the Mississippi Gulf Coast stole the show at last week's Maroon 5 concert at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans - at least for a few minutes. 

    More >>
  • Jackson County set to open bids for hotel debris removal

    Jackson County set to open bids for hotel debris removal

    Monday, June 18 2018 6:02 PM EDT2018-06-18 22:02:27 GMT
    Monday, county supervisors gave final approval to spend up to $20,000 to remove the remnants of the burned out hotel on Tucker Road.  (Photo source: WLOX)Monday, county supervisors gave final approval to spend up to $20,000 to remove the remnants of the burned out hotel on Tucker Road.  (Photo source: WLOX)
    Monday, county supervisors gave final approval to spend up to $20,000 to remove the remnants of the burned out hotel on Tucker Road.  (Photo source: WLOX)Monday, county supervisors gave final approval to spend up to $20,000 to remove the remnants of the burned out hotel on Tucker Road.  (Photo source: WLOX)

    Work to clear the debris from the old Howard Johnson's property in Jackson County could begin soon. Monday, county supervisors gave final approval to spend up to $20,000 to remove the remnants of the burned out hotel on Tucker Road. 

    More >>

    Work to clear the debris from the old Howard Johnson's property in Jackson County could begin soon. Monday, county supervisors gave final approval to spend up to $20,000 to remove the remnants of the burned out hotel on Tucker Road. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly