Scattered Showers Helping Ease Drought

Cars in downtown Pascagoula needed paddles, not tires on Thursday morning. Heavy rain turned streets into streams downtown.

Same soggy story a little further east. Flood-prone Market Street ran like a river.

Busy wipers kept a rhythm with the steady rainfall. It's a sound that's been noticeably missing most of this year.

"We need it. Yeah, we need it," said one man, as he hurried under the cover of a shopping center awning.

You'll hear no complaints about the rain in this community. Any inconvenience of walking or driving through water is outweighed by the sheer necessity for some measurable rainfall. Scattered showers water things down and cool things off.

The mailman donned his rain gear and was thankful for a break from the hot sun.

"Better than the heat," he said, while walking door to door through scattered showers.

A steady downpour didn't dampen the lunch crowd at "Edds Drive In." Employees stayed busy behind fog covered windows. Customers still line up for chili cheeseburgers, despite the rain.

"Yeah, I'm glad to see the rain," said one man while waiting on his order, "Matter of fact, it's a drought in Alabama and here. Just talked to someone in North Carolina. They're about 30 inches behind schedule."

Debra West takes credit for bringing the showers down with her from Tennessee. She's visiting family in Pascagoula.

"We've been flooded until just recently. And we brought it down here with us for you guys. When I leave, I'm sure it will quit," she said, laughing.

Thursday's scattered downpours will do little to erase the 20 inch plus rain deficit on the coast this year. But most everyone we talked with had three words to describe the rainfall: We need it.