South Mississippians Start Assessing Flood Damages - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

04/02/05

South Mississippians Start Assessing Flood Damages

"The waters are falling faster than we had hoped for which is great," says Captain Windy Swetman of the D'Iberville Police Department. "We do have a lot of streets that have been reopened."

Some flooded neighborhoods are also drying out, following rains that many say were hurricane like in intensity.

"As far as today we've assisted some citizens with bringing them back and forth to their residence's to retrieve personal items and things of that nature, but most of the people that were stranded was yesterday," says Swetman. "We were able to get those people out of their homes."

But while some areas are returning to normal, people in other areas are still dealing with the flood waters the only way they know how.

"It's just a little water," says Lamey Road Resident Robbie Daniel.

Daniel and his family still can't travel south on Lamey Bridge Road and boats still get them to and from their front door. But after 13 years here, they accept the occasional flood as just part of life on the river.

"It comes up real fast and it goes down real fast," says Daniel. "It'll be down probably tomorrow morning. We'll be back over here. We'll be cleaning. It'll be like the water was never even up."

His neighbor who's lived here for 16 years has also seen worse.

"This is about the 3rd highest since I've been here," says Danny Foto.

Foto lost a concrete driveway but like Daniel his house remains high and dry. Both regret that other residents lost more but they're thankful no one lost a life.

By Don Culpepper .

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