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Much of Hancock County was under water overnight

Residents say flooding is the price they play to live in the area. (Photo source: WLOX News) Residents say flooding is the price they play to live in the area. (Photo source: WLOX News)
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

People who live along the Jourdan River in Hancock County know the drill all too well — lots of rain and a higher than normal tide mean trouble.

It's time for many to head to higher ground. In a matter of just a few hours, roads became rivers in Shoreline Park.

“We've had a lot of street flooding. Basically, they are all the same," Hancock County Emergency Management Director Brian Adam. "Some area may be a little bit worse than it has been in the past, but every time we get something like this our low lying areas flood in just about the same areas,” Adam explained.

The mailman probably didn't stop by on Monday, but the people who live in Hancock County know what to do. Also, officials say a huge rescue truck comes in handy. 

“We bought it for cases like this to go into flooded areas to evacuate families that need to get out. It's valuable. It keeps us from having to put our fire engines in the flooded waters,” said Bay St. Louis Assistant Fire Chief Monty Strong. 

During the height of the storm in the overnight hours, only one family had to be evacuated to safety. For all the other river dwellers in Shoreline Park and other and other low lying areas of Hancock County, flooding is the price they pay to live in paradise.

“Just got to wait till it gets back to normal and everything will be fine. If you've got a small car, don't go running around those roads because you're not going to make it," said Rich Hansen. 

The best advice from Hansen, pay attention to those in the know.

“If you have a situation where you can't get out, and you don't have the ability to get out, you need to plan ahead. And there are plenty of people around here who will tell you what you need to do and how you need to do it. Talk to them, listen to them, they've been through it before."

Despite the flooding, both the Bay-Waveland and Hancock County school districts were in session Monday. 

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