‘It’s just hard’: Stone County residents return to flood-damaged homes

Residents near the Red Creek return to flood-damaged homes

STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - In Stone County, residents of one community are returning home to devastation after the weekend’s torrential rain.

“It’s just hard... It’s hard trying to clean, cope,” said Lynn Flannigan.

It wasn’t what Flannigan expected or wanted to find when she returned home.

“It’s just a lot, Desirae. It’s just a lot,” she said.

No one in Red Creek Camp expected the damage the weekend’s unrelenting rain left behind in the camp and RV Park just off Highway 49.

It threw picnic tables against trees, smashed campers between the railroad bridge and left homes a mess.

“It didn’t even feel like home. It’s just horrible," cried Flannigan.

Flood waters were high enough and strong enough to crash through the window of Flannigan’s elevated cabin. She said that is a first.

“It just swirled everything inside and made it a tremendous, tremendous mess to come home too," she said.

She was just one of many in the park on Tuesday trying to salvage what they could from the muck, but she’s worried she won’t be able to salvage the one thing she fears most of losing.

“This was a tight knit community, and now it just feels like such a huge loss because a lot of our neighbors were able to come in here and remove their RVs,” she explained.

She's hopeful she and her remaining neighbors will get help to bounce back from the devastation.

“We’re strong. We’ve seen each of our families go through little small things, and we’re there for each other,” she said.

She said the fact that they are able to still be there for one another, even as they begin the agonizing cleanup process, is a blessing in itself.

“I’m thankful. I’m so thankful, that everyone got out, and nobody lost their life. Because it could have been worse. It could have been a lot worse,” Flannigan said.

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