Pearl River County flood victims survey damage

Pearl River County flood victims survey damage

PEARL, MS (WLOX) - Some victims from weekend floods in Pearl River County recently began the arduous task of picking up the pieces and pulling their lives back together.

Others, like Jerry Kellar, surveyed damage for the first time on Wednesday. 
It was the first day Kellar could return to his home in the Walkiah Bluff community. He left Saturday when the Pearl River started to rise.

When he opened the door to his mobile home, Kellar was surprised at what he saw - only one large water stain on the floor in the hallway; which is raised about 4 feet with bricks and concrete blocks.

The insulation below the mobile home was soaking wet. Kellar's biggest fear now is that the floors will buckle and he'll have to come out of his pockets to pay for the repairs. Kellar doesn't have flood insurance, and is currently out of work.

Pearl River County Emergency Management Director Danny Manley told WLOX News Now so far the damage assessment stands at 87 homes were affected by the flood waters; 44 heavily damaged or destroyed .

The EOC director says he expects those numbers to rise in the coming days as his damage assessment teams are able to get to low lying areas they haven't been able to get too due to high waters.

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