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East Jackson County neighbors tired of frequent flooding

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It is a common sight throughout the Orange Grove community of East Jackson County; soggy carpeting and ruined belongings are piled at the curbside. It is a common sight throughout the Orange Grove community of East Jackson County; soggy carpeting and ruined belongings are piled at the curbside.
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Flooding frustrations from Hurricane Isaac have some residents of East Jackson County talking about moving to higher ground. The high waters damaged dozens of homes in the Orange Grove community.

Church volunteers are providing clean-up help, along with emotional and spiritual support. United Methodist volunteers spent the morning Monday helping Wayne Osborne clean-out his water soaked shed.

"Oh, it's a blessing! I got 23 inches in here, and 14 and a half in the house," Osborne said.

He and his flooded neighbors know this high-water drill all too well.

"Bleaching and cleaning and throwing away. That's what you do after a flood. You've got to clean-up before you can fix-up," he said.

That clean-up continues nearly a week after Isaac. The aggravation is enough for this 70-year-old to think seriously about moving to higher ground.

"When you keep losing and losing and losing, you've got to do something. Even if it's a tree house, somewhere on a hill, you know," Osborne said.

He's not alone in giving some serious thought to re-locating. Even long time residents here can only take so much.

"It is frustrating. And some of us built up. But some of us were not able to acquire the funds to build up," said longtime resident Faye Riviere.

Church volunteers removed a pile of soggy carpeting and other soaked belongings from Alvin Carole's home.

The 86-year-old moved to this place in 1952.  After multiple flood events over the past 10 years, he too is giving serious thought to moving elsewhere.

"It's hard for them to move," said Rev. Tom East, who pastors at Midway United Methodist Church. "Mentally, it's hard for them to move. And spiritually. How does God play into this? So, we're praying with each family as we go through, to have the Lord help them work through it. It is hard. Very difficult."

Difficult to move, but perhaps even more heart breaking to face the prospect of more flood waters.

Work teams from St. Paul United Methodist Church in Ocean Springs joined the volunteers from Midway in helping the residents of East Jackson County on Monday.

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