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Governor Bryant visits Wilkinson County flood victims

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WILKINSON COUNTY (Mississippi News Now) -

As hundreds of storm victims pick up the pieces after flood waters swept through parts of the state, wreaking havoc, they got a visit from Governor Phil Bryant along with first responders who toured some of the hardest hit areas, including Crosby in Wilkinson County. 

Governor Bryant got a personal look at the damage from the historic storm that rolled through the small town of Crosby, a town where more than 95 percent of the people don't have flood insurance to start the rebuilding. 

"We need help over here real bad," said storm victim Stephanie White.  

Tears flowed as White pleaded with Governor Bryant for help.

Over the weekend, more than 20 inches of rain fell in less the 24 hours, flooding White's home and dozens of others as well as cars, furniture and devastating lives.

"The reason why it was important for him to come, so he can see you for himself and not going by what someone else tells him," added White. 

Storm Victim Gladys Jones agrees. She has lived in Crosby all her life. Now she is living in a shelter and just about everything she owns sits in her front yard to be trashed.

"I ain't never been through something like this, " said Jones. 

As the Governor walked the streets of Crosby, he was also sadden by the debris and devastation crowding in the the community. 

"It just heartbreaking. They are hardworking Mississippians," said the governor.

Gov. Bryant issued a state of emergency in Mississippi after heavy rain caused severe flash flooding across the state's southern counties. But he knows that is just the start.

"We may have as many of 280 people out of their homes and probably 100 homes that have been affected," said Governor Bryant. "Region 4 with FEMA is also on site looking for opportunity of individual assistance and homeowners assistance. The main thing we're doing right now is just making sure if they need immediate assistance, so we have simple things, food and water. Red Cross is doing most of the hard work of making sure people have the immediate necessities. Our job is to look at long-term recovery at this point." 

The storm victims are praying the help will keep flowing in during this long road to recovery.

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