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.

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