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Pascagoula River leaves George County waterlogged

For river dwellers, wading through the water may look like fun, but it's not. (Photo source: WLOX) For river dwellers, wading through the water may look like fun, but it's not. (Photo source: WLOX)
Streets signs and mailboxes are barely visible. (Photo source: WLOX) Streets signs and mailboxes are barely visible. (Photo source: WLOX)
Despite the inconvenience of rising water, people who live along the banks of the Pascagoula River in George County say the good far outweighs the bad. (Photo source: WLOX) Despite the inconvenience of rising water, people who live along the banks of the Pascagoula River in George County say the good far outweighs the bad. (Photo source: WLOX)
GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

For river dwellers, wading through the water may look like fun, but it's not. In fact, one man put it bluntly by saying it sucks. 

Books Vayda was working in Texas, and came home to water everywhere, including under his house.

"It's pretty frustrating. Last year, I got the same thing, got a little bit more water last year and I've got the same mess again this time too," Vayda said. 

For most, the only way in and out of their neighborhood is by boat. It's a tricky maneuver through all the trees. A walk through knee high mud and water means getting to the boats isn't easy either. 

The river floods a couple of times a year, but not like this. Streets signs and mailboxes are barely visible.

"This flood is remarkable. It's probably a ten-year flood," Darrell Parrett said. "Last year, we had a 28 foot, this year near 27 feet. But that doesn't happen every year. We haven't had this since 2012, and it a big hardship on folks."

That hardship includes walking to your car parked on higher ground a mile away.

Despite the inconvenience of rising water, people who live along the banks of the Pascagoula River in George County say the good far outweighs the bad.

"It's just beautiful," Kenneth Andrews said. "The trees, the water, the birds. It's just beautiful. You don't have put up with all the city life, hearing sirens all the time. It's peaceful."

There was no peace last week when flash flooding left water in one church, and flooded several homes, including one on River Road. The water line is still clearly visible on the bricks of Leona Murrah's home. 

"Well, one room got flooded. We were really scared it was coming all the way in but we got it sandbagged some," Murrah said.

Now, the wait begins as life slowly gets back to normal. By late Monday afternoon, the river had started to recede, but it will be several days before it's back within its banks completely.

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