MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Mother Nature has dumped a lot of rain in Jackson County so far, especially in Moss Point's Rose Drive neighborhood where residents say they're on high alert. The area they live in is known for excessive flooding.
While the city has started its flood mitigation program, residents are taking their own precautions until that work is finished.
"I said, 'Oh my God, again? We got to go through this with all the decoration out,'" said Barbara Kennedy.
As the rain drenched Rose Drive in Moss Point, Kennedy began moving her valuables out of the storm's path.
"We have to just make sure everything is where it doesn't float away," Kennedy said.
She said it's better to be safe than sorry, but admits she still worries every time there is a heavy downpour, because it seems to target the area and cause flooding headaches.
"We have lived here since 1968, and we have flooded many times. I don't know the exact number of times," Kennedy said.
Her neighbor, Mary Jones, has also had water rush into her home several times and even had to be rescued last year due to the rising water.
"It just flooded us out like one, two, three," Jones said. "It is frustrating. I have been here for 42 years."
Now, if there are any signs of flooding, Jones heads to higher and drier ground.
"I started preparing and picking up things off the floor and washing up my clothes and getting me an evacuations plan. I will be going to Gautier by my daughter," said Jones.
Mayor Billy Broomfield and his team broke ground a few weeks ago on a flooding improvement project. It started on Webb Street and will end on Rose Drive.
Around 16 larger drains will be added, and storm water will also be rerouted from this neighborhood to a nearby river. The city expects the work to take eight months.
"It gives me hope, but until I see them on my street, then I will say well done," Jones said.
As for this weekend, both Kennedy and Jones say they will keep monitoring the weather and pray the rain doesn't do any major damage.
"Just watching out the window to see if the street is flooded," said Kennedy
"I am hoping for the best. I am watching, and seeing," said Jones.