HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Pearlington boat launch in West Hancock County is a popular place Monday morning. Dozens of people stopped by to take a look at the rising Pearl River.
According to Pearl River County Emergency Management Services Director Danny Manley, the river crested Sunday night at 22' 8". That's about eight feet above flood stage and close to the 23' 2" record set in 1983.
Meanwhile, longtime residents of the community say this is the fastest they have ever seen the river move. Dozens of homes are in danger of being flooded.
Emergency officials and residents have taken precautions though, loading up more than 3,000 sandbags to help stave off the river.
Doug Walker is in Pearlington and you can watch for his story later this evening WLOX News Now and on WLOX.com.