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Rising river causing problems in north Jackson County

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Residents who call Cedar Creek Estates in north Jackson County home love living next to the Pascagoula River, even in bad times. But they say it's never been as bad as this. Residents who call Cedar Creek Estates in north Jackson County home love living next to the Pascagoula River, even in bad times. But they say it's never been as bad as this.
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

While flood waters from Hurricane Isaac have receded in most areas of the coast, people who live in one particularly hard hit area are still coping with high water and loss of property.

Residents who call Cedar Creek Estates in north Jackson County home love living next to the Pascagoula River, even in bad times. But they say it's never been as bad as this.

This is literally the end of the road leading to Cedar Creek Estates.  From here on in,  you travel by boat.  You have to watch out for dangerous curves in what was once a road.  Boating traffic jams are common. 

Once you reach the homes, you see that mail hasn't been delivered in days. Most homes have no water, but under them is a different story. 

Theresa McArthur is a Cedar Creek homeowner.  

"It breaks my heart to see the community has lost vehicles and tractors and lawn mowers and so many possessions," McArthur lamented. "I've seen the river rise before but I've never seen it like this." 

The Ates family loves it here, nothing like have a swimming poll outside the front door.  But they paid a heavy price this time, according to Bram Ates.

"I just lost a truck yesterday and I've got another one out there that's got a bunch of issues from all the high water and I'm trying to get it out of here before I lost it too," Ates said. 

It's times like these when you discover true friendship, according to McArthur. 

"Everybody is pulling together. It's a very tight knit community and it's like a family in here and everybody helps each other out and we just take one day at a time and so far, everybody is managing," McArthur explained. 

She also said people here are longing for better, and dryer days.  "When the water goes down, we'll clean up together and life will be back to normal eventually."  

Despite the damage, despite the rising river, despite the inconvenience, life in this area has a certain attraction, an attraction these folks are not going to give up easily despite Hurricane Isaac.  

"We have the river and the fishing and the swimming so there are so many advantages and that's the time we all come together as a family and enjoy each other and enjoy life in here." McArthur promised.

And they all know, that joy will come again. 

The Pascagoula River is expected to crest sometime tomorrow and then slowly recede by the end of the week. That's when the clean-up begins for homeowners in Cedar Creek Estates.

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