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Red Cross offers assistance to Pearl River County flood victims

The Red Cross delivered snacks and cleaning supplies to residents. (Photo source: WLOX News) The Red Cross delivered snacks and cleaning supplies to residents. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Staff members were also on hand to help flood victims cope with the disaster. (Photo source: WLOX News) Staff members were also on hand to help flood victims cope with the disaster. (Photo source: WLOX News)
PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Flood waters are slowly receding in Pearl River County, as dozens of families try to get back on their feet.

On Thursday, Red Cross workers showed up in a truck loaded with snacks and cleaning supplies. The familiar red symbol brought calm and relief to flood victims in the Walkiah Bluff community.

"The Red Cross, they're there. The Lord blessed us with them," said flood victim Jerry Kellar.

WLOX News Now first introduced viewers to Kellar as he got the first look at the damage flood waters did to the floors of his mobile home.

"I'm getting ready to go home and clean all the floors. Make sure there is no bacteria and stuff. They give us cleaners and all to do that with so they're really helping us right now," said Kellar.

Linda Tannehill says her Walkiah Bluff home was overwhelmed by flood waters, taking in 2 feet or more.

"The power that it come through, I've never seen it before never, never," said Tannehill.

Tannehill, who has lived on Walkiah Bluff since 1967, says help from the American Red Cross and others has been tremendous. Helping flood victims get back on their feet is what the American Red Cross is all about.

"In some cases it will be financial assistance," said Fran Walker, with the  American Red Cross.

Mental health experts and nurses were on hand to tend to medical needs of residents. 

Walker said, "They have experienced lots of loses and and the crisis is they wake up in the middle of the night and there is water in their house. They have to rush out and when they come back everything is gone."

Though they quickly ran out of cleaning supplies, another Red Cross truck with a full load cleaning supplies and equipment arrived later in the afternoon.

If you would like to help the Red Cross assist those in need in South Mississippi, click here to donate, or text MSFlood to 41313.

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