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The Kiln still dealing with flood waters

Jourdan River Shores floods after heavy rainfall Jourdan River Shores floods after heavy rainfall
Jourdan River Shores floods after heavy rainfall Jourdan River Shores floods after heavy rainfall
Jourdan River Shores floods after heavy rainfall Jourdan River Shores floods after heavy rainfall
KILN, MS (WLOX) -

Some people in Hancock County are still wading through the aftermath of Friday's extreme weather. There was a whole lot of rain pouring for almost the entire day. For people living close to the water, that's never good news.

Brian Adam is the Director of Emergency Management in Hancock County.

"This is some of the worst I've seen in a while," said Adam.

When it comes to preparing for bad weather, he said he can only do so much to warn the public. The rest is up to them.

"You know your area. You know when to go, and you know when to stay. Be prepared to leave if you have to leave," said Adam.

The Jourdan River neighborhood has one of the lowest elevations in the Kiln, which makes it a prime location to receive overflowing river water. Adam said the flooding could have been much worse.

"A lot of people may not consider this minor, but it is minor because we don't have houses damaged and only certain areas feel the impact of this water," said Adam

One of the residents who lives in the area says it may cost more and it may take a little bit more time, but the right preparations are key to avoiding damage. Ron Hellyer has been living in Jourdan River Shores for 13 years.

"I just spent a little extra money up front and got a lot of fill brought in so I could at least get it up to that water line figuring that I would avoid most floods, which I do," said Hellyer.

Along with raising his slab, he also keeps his belongings easily portable. When the water starts to rise, he moves his valuables upstairs. He said that in the last 13 years, he's only seen about three floods overall.

In general, Hellyer says people should know about the areas they live in and be prepared for anything.

"It's part of living on the river, you know, you just plan for it," Hellyer said.

Officials say it could be days before the water recedes completely. It all depends on the weather on the days following the flooding.

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