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04/03/05

Families Faces Flooding Fears After Days Of Uncertainty

Red Cross workers aren't the only ones who have been waiting and wondering.

A Harrison County family forced from their home for two days because of flooding were finally able to return on Sunday.

Drop by drop the water left the Wallis home.

At four a.m. on Friday a rising Tuxachannee Creek had the family concerned.

By 10 that same morning, they say they were running for their lives to escape flooding chest deep.

"You didn't have time to grab anything. It just came up so quick," said Tammy Wallis. "Your whole life is up side down at that moment and you don't know what's going to happen or if you're even going to have anything to come back to."

On Sunday the flooding finally receded enough for the Wallis family to go back home.

Although four feet off the ground, they say their mobile home took in a foot of water.

"You're thankful you're alive, but you're upset that you don't know what you're going to do," said Wallis. "Everything is just soaked. I opened the washer and dryer and it was half full of water. It's like you'd been doing laundry."

The homecoming was temporary.

Wallis says the family can't live on the property without drinking water.

She's thankful to the Red Cross for housing the family the past few nights.

"It's nice to know that you've got somebody you can call that opens their doors for you. Sometimes its hard. You're too proud to go to somebody and say look 'we don't have no where else to turn'."

Wallis says hers is like most families in this neighborhood with little money and no insurance but a love for living near the water.

Three floods in 8 years have her second guessing that choice.

"It's the price you have to pay I guess for being where you're at. Sometimes it makes you wonder if it's worth that price."

William and Tammy Wallis and their three children were the only family to go to the Red Cross shelter set up at the D'Iberville Civic Center.

By Danielle Thomas

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