Recovery centers offer relief to Pearl River county flood victims

Recovery centers offer relief to Pearl River county flood victims

PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Victims of flooding in Pearl River County now have two recovery centers open to offer them relief.

The two facilities opened their doors Friday and volunteers got to work helping people immediately.

One of the main concerns of workers and county residents is the heavy rainfall the area has seen lately.

"I had that much water, about four inches of rain, in my house and it was on the wall," said flood victim Dorothea Nixon.

For other victims, the frequent down pours have been more of a nuisance as they tried to recover from the initial flooding.

"The constant rain is not helping," said Leon Goutierez. "One of my main objectives has been to try to air out and dry out."

Goutierez's is also concerned that the rain will cause the river to rise again, resulting in his house flooding once more.

"So there is a lot of anxiety, if not fear," he said.

In the meantime, he keeps a watchful eye out as a group of workers from the recovery center, All Hands Volunteers, remove wet sheet rock and insulation from his house.

The volunteer group provides the help for free to flood victims in the area.

"We go into the disaster areas powered by volunteers and we do muck-outs demolition, sanitation and tree removal," explained worker coordinator Brandon Baird.
All Hands Volunteers is one of several organizations and church groups that have come together to help flood victims get back on their feet.

Manna Ministries is another .

"We're trying to evaluate what they need as far as replacing their homes," said Manna Ministries volunteer Lauri Marshall. "If they need food, clothing, if they need flooring, insulation, anything that they need to rebuild."

Anyone still seeking help for flood recovery can find it at either of the county's two recovery centers:

Pine Grove Baptist Church, 34 Pine Grove Road, Picayune

Pearl River County Emergency Operations Center, 810 Hwy.11 South, Poplarville.

The centers' hours include 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and they will be open on on Saturday, April 2; Monday, April 4; and Tuesday, April 5.

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