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Pearl River county residents continue to deal with flood water

Some residents say the flooding has been a nightmare. (Photo source: WLOX News) Some residents say the flooding has been a nightmare. (Photo source: WLOX News)
The only road in or out of the area is now simply clay. (Photo source: WLOX News) The only road in or out of the area is now simply clay. (Photo source: WLOX News)
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PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

It's been more than two weeks since several people on Wheatfield Rd. have seen their yards. The only road in or out is now simply clay.

"We had a concrete road there at one point, but now it's gone," said Jessica Smith.

According to Smith, the flooding has been a nightmare for her and her family. Where her driveway once stood now stands water from the overflowing river.

Though water levels have dropped, the threat of incoming rainfall puts Smith on edge.

"More rain? I would hope not," said Smith.

Others who live nearby aren't as worried. Lenell Odom has called the area home for three decades, and believes there are benefits to the flooding. 

"I like for it to come up. Better fishing," said Odom.

Odom wouldn't mind seeing a heavy rainstorm roll through, and neither would Ralph Martin.

"I don't worry about it," said Martin.

Martin and others with camps on Wheatfield Rd. say the flood is the worst they've ever seen. Carolyn Anderson says the threat of floods is well worth being on the river.

"It's so peaceful and quiet; sit here and watch the fish," said Anderson.

Martin says the occasional flooding has turned his front yard into a temporary parking lot on occasion.

"When it gets up like this, everybody parks right here and takes their boats to their camps," said Martin.

As for Smith, the sight of the high water makes her uneasy. However, she knows there's not much that can be done to stop Mother Nature.

"I'm not sure. Just waiting it out, waiting for this river to go down. That's all we can do," said Smith.

According to the National Weather Service, the Pearl River is projected to stay in flood stage through at least the weekend. Recovery centers have been established at the locations below. Hours and dates of operation will be from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, April 1; Saturday, April 2; Monday, April 4; and Tuesday, April 5. The recovery centers will be closed on Sunday, April 3. 

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