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D'Iberville river residents prepare for flooding

Residents have already started moving cars to higher ground. (Photo source: WLOX) Residents have already started moving cars to higher ground. (Photo source: WLOX)
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

D'Iberville residents who live near the Tuxachanie and Tchoutacabouffa River deal with flooding whenever it rains a lot or during storms.

While most of the homes are built on stilts and won't flood, vehicles left underneath the home will go under. As a result, most residents moved their cars, trucks, SUVs, and recreation vehicles to higher ground on Highway 67 and Highway 15.

Eight to 12 inches of rain has turned the Tuxachanie River into a swirling and raging waterway, overflowing the banks, moving into the Tchoutacbouffa River, which is now 4 1/2 feet about flood stage.

"The rain falls north of us and fills up the river and the river floods and all this water has a water runoff here and gets across the road here and sometimes it's impassable, "said Lt. Frank McKeny, who lives in D'Iberville. "You can't get through."

Flooding doesn't always stop when the rain ends. Sometimes, it gets worse.

McKeny said, "It will definitely get deeper. Usually the day after the rain is the worse, but it doesn't stay long. It will clear off the day after that."

Jim Stephens lives off Highway 15 near the Tuxachanie River. Because his home isn't built on stilts, he prepares it for flood waters in a different way. Inside, Stephens has built wooden frames and placed furniture on top of them.

"We are prepared for 4 feet of water in the house, if it would happen," stated Stephens. "We don't think it will, but if it does, we're prepared."

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