Jackson County storm victims seek shelter

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Jackson County has opened its East Central shelter for storm victims to hunker down until the flood waters recede. Those residents said while they are worried about their homes, they're relieved to have safe place to stay.

Cousins Shirley James and Shirley Lett have more in common than just their first names.  Both women were forced out their Moss Point homes due to rising water.

"I have never seen the water come in like that. The house is full of water," said James about her flooded home.

I kept watching the water steady going up. I said, 'Lord, what is going on?' I was praying as the water was coming up the hill to my house," Lett said.

The cousins were rescued and they've now made the East Central shelter their temporary home.

"If the shelter doors were not open for the people that came off of different streets that got flooded out there, everyone would have been outdoors," said Lett.

Red Cross volunteers are running the evacuation shelter. They're providing water, food, and even comfort during this tough time.

"We were there within hours to open the shelter and make sure the folks who had been affected had a dry, warm, nice place to stay. We were able to provide shelter for about 17 residents last night," South Mississippi Chapter Director Jay Huffstatler said.

Once the flood water recedes, Red Cross disaster assessment teams are expected to start rolling in to help storm victims get back on their feet.

"We will be able to bring damage assessment teams. Our volunteers will go in and assess the damage in the areas to identify what client case work needs they might be available to those that have been affected," Huffstatler said.

Both Lett and James said they'll need all the help they can get because they're frustrated after dealing with this bad weather.

"It has never been bad as it has gotten in the last four years. We are in an ocean.

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