Helena residents describe flood as "devastating"

HELENA, MS (WLOX) - Many residents of the Helena community are returning to their homes on Saturday as the flood waters from Hurricane Isaac slowly recede.

More than 200 people were evacuated from that area as the fast rising water threatened their safety.

Now the challenge of restoring flooded homes begins.

There's high water everywhere in the Helena community.

Four wheelers are still the easiest means of getting through these waters. For those who live here, frustrating doesn't begin to cover it.

Annie Judge came home to four and a half feet of water inside her home. Her belongings are ruined.

"Clothes, my laptop, a bunch of baby stuff, pictures. All the furniture is ruined," said Annie.

Judge's neighborhood remains underwater where streets flow like rivers. "No Wake" signs would be more appropriate than speed limits.

"Devastating," described Annie's husband, Charles. "Very bad. We got over five foot of water in the house. It's just now starting to come back out."

Charles and his neighbors will deal with the high water headaches together. This is a close knit community, and most everyone will be making home repairs.

"We're going to have to tear all the sheet rock out, take all the furniture out," Charles said. "All the carpeting and cabinets. Redo everything."

The Helena Trading Post is still surrounded by water, but the water is slowly starting to recede. If you look at the front wall of the store, you can still clearly see the high water mark.

"It's a mess," said resident Lee Stewart.

Everyone is ready for the water to go away. It came up so quickly and can't drain away fast enough. They will eventually dry out and get busy helping one another recover their lives and repair their water soaked homes.

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