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Pearl River County deals with heavy flooding

With hopes that the waters will recede, many are bracing for even more rain. (Photo source: WLOX) With hopes that the waters will recede, many are bracing for even more rain. (Photo source: WLOX)
People who live on either side of the overflowing creeks and waterways on Highway 43 North find themselves with few options. (Photo source: WLOX) People who live on either side of the overflowing creeks and waterways on Highway 43 North find themselves with few options. (Photo source: WLOX)
Manley said the National Guard has made 21 water rescues. (Photo source: WLOX) Manley said the National Guard has made 21 water rescues. (Photo source: WLOX)
PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Right now, several people in Pearl River County are having to find detours. In some cases, they aren't even able to reach their homes. Rushing floodwaters have turned a well-traveled section of highway into a hazard zone.

People who live on either side of the overflowing creeks and waterways on Highway 43 North find themselves with few options.

"We're waiting to see when they can get through down here," said longtime resident Mary Smart.

It's medicine that Smart hopes she can soon reach for her brother. He lives north of the flood waters, but made it to Smart's house before the waters rose.

These flood waters are unlike anything Smart has seen in recent memory.

"I don't remember it being this bad," said Smart.

James Dedeaux doesn't remember it being this bad either, even after living in the area for more than 15 years. He said the most similar situation came in 2005.

"After Katrina, there was a lot of debris and stuff on the road, but I've never seen this much water," said Dedeaux.

He made it through the rising waters this morning and remembers thinking that he may not make it back through later in the day.

"The water was bad. It felt like the truck was moving. It was almost pushing me off the road," said Dedeaux.

The rushing current was so strong that department of transportation crews were called out to inspect the bridges and roadways affected. The inspection showed a good bit of damage.

The highway patrol and MDOT made the call to put out barricades.
    
To some, the idea of traveling in these conditions is against common sense.

"If it's not an emergency, stay home. Bottom line," said Holland.

For others, getting out of the house is the only option. Sharon Magee lives in a camp on the banks of the Pearl River.

"I will not be going back home, not unless it's by boat," said Magee.

Her camp sits 16 feet above the ground, and she expects the water to creep into her home before the weekend is over.

"It's extremely bad," she said.

With hopes that the waters will recede, many are bracing for even more rain. Highway 43 north of Highway 26 is now closed, as well as several other roads in Pearl River County. 

Pearl River County Emergency Operations Director Danny Manley told us as many as 200 homes could have water in them before the water recede. Manley said the National Guard has made 21 water rescues.

If you had flooding during Hurricane Isaac in Pearl River County, Manley said expect more of the same from this storm.

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