PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - As Pearl River County residents begin picking up the pieces after Hurricane Isaac, Senator Thad Cochran came to town Wednesday to take a tour of the damaged areas and to address any concerns from local officials and residents.
Homes in Pearl River County that have never flooded before, received up to eight feet of water inside.
"Sixteen years the water was at a certain level and when it passed that level this time, I said it's time to go," the homeowner said.
Senator Cochran empathizes with the feeling of helplessness many storm victims may be feeling.
"It takes time for water to recede and we can't accelerate that beyond the willingness of the Lord almighty," Cochran said. "So we have to realize our limitations. But recognizing that, working together, keeping your chin up, knowing it's going to be a better day tomorrow."
Mississippi's senior senator listened as city and county officials talked about their concerns and possible solutions to keep the water out next time.
"If we can do a couple minor adjustments to a few things with some major drainage issues on our creeks, rivers, and streams we can prevent this in the future," Picayune Mayor Ed Pinero said.
Pearl River County Supervisor Sandy Kane Smith said, "Everyone still has a bad taste in their mouth with re-imbursement from Katrina and they are scared. With government's budget crisis we are all in right now, we are worried about investing and doing things."
But after meeting with Senator Cochran, officials said they feel much better moving forward.
"Your elected officials, in higher places than I'm in, are really coming together to get the help you need," Smith said. "Don't give up, we are praying for you, we love you and we are here for you."
"With all levels of government working together, we are going to recover and we are going to do it as efficiently as possible," Cochran promised.