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Hancock Co. EMA: Start moving your stuff if you live in low-lying areas

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The Hancock County Emergency Management Agency is advising all citizens living in low-lying areas to start making preparations to move everything out of their yards and their vehicles to a safe location. (Photo Souce: WLOX) The Hancock County Emergency Management Agency is advising all citizens living in low-lying areas to start making preparations to move everything out of their yards and their vehicles to a safe location. (Photo Souce: WLOX)
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HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

The Hancock County Emergency Management Agency is advising all Hancock County citizens living in low-lying areas to start making preparations to move everything out of their yards and their vehicles to a safe location.

Meteorologist Wesley Williams says even though it's not a tropical storm yet, a developing tropical disturbance will bring periods of very heavy rainfall to the WLOX area Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Rainfall forecast calls for widespread rain totals of four to eight inches.

In the past with far less rain, parts of the county have severely flooded as a result of the downpour.  Brian Adam and the rest of the Hancock County Emergency Management Agency want to be ready for whatever mother nature sends their way. 

"We want to be prepared, because if you get 10 - 15 inches of rain or 7-8 inches of rain on top of the abnormal high tide, we're gonna have places that may be in danger," said Adam. 

One thing that Adam is stressing is the importance of sandbags. 

"We want to make sure we're prepared, and sandbags are the key in all this and it's helped a lot of people in the past," said Adam.

The county will have self-serve sand and sandbags starting at noon on Tuesday. You're asked to bring your own shovel. Here is a list of the locations:

  • Hancock County Horse Arena, 4184 Kiln/Delisle Road
  • Old Hancock County Complex, 3068 Longfellow Drive
  • Lakeshore Community Center, 6440 Lower Bay Road
  • Diamondhead City Hall
  • Bayside Fire Department, 6215 West Hinds Street
  • West Hancock Fire Department, 16006 Washington Street

If you need assistance with getting the sandbags, please contact the Hancock County Emergency Management Agency at (228) 255-0942 or Hancock County Central Dispatch at (228) 255-9191.

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