Flood water takes toll on Hancock & Pearl River counties

Flood water takes toll on Hancock & Pearl River counties

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Portions of Hancock and Pearl River counties were hit hard by heavy rainfall on Thursday.

It looked like the perfect setting for a white water rafting adventure, but the power behind the white caps in a roadside ditch on Hwy. 43 is rainwater run-off draining through a concrete culvert.

A few miles down the road in the Leetown community, dozens of livestock had to be rescued from rising water
at the Hoffman family farm.

"We're just getting them and moving them and putting them in the trailer taking them to friend's houses. Do what we got to do until this water goes out," said Rebecca Hoffman.

Family members, neighbors and strangers all pitched in to save the animals.

"I love that the community comes out and helps. It shows good friends and family to come out and help. I'm just glad it wasn't too bad, and we haven't lost anything, and everybody is safe," said Beth Hoffman.

But, her family home is a different story.

"I have about 4 to 5 foot in the bottom of my house right now," explained Beth, who says it's only the third time in 83 years the property has flooded.

In Pearl River County, the Lizana family also experienced a freak of nature.

"We've been here for 8 years and this has never happened before," said Amber Lizana.

Lizana was sitting down with her children for breakfast when a foot of rapidly moving water soaked her entire house.

No one knows that better than the Colomy family, who was almost trapped inside of their home before it was surrounded by flood waters.

"My dad went out there and said there was standing water coming in from the creek," said Siri Colomy. "When I went out, I realized it wasn't standing water; it was rushing water."

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