Flooding missed us, but not our neighbors

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Last week we here at the Item reported some cringe-worthy news, it was forecast to rain, a lot.

Certainly, that news brought forth memories of what occurred after Hurricane Isaac.

While it did rain extensively, fortunately for us it didn’t flood as forecasted. But, our neighbors in Louisiana were not spared. 

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As a result of the flooding, several people died, many were stranded on Interstate 12 and hundreds, if not thousands, will either be without homes or have a long road ahead to rebuilding.

Being Southerners, we’ve all dealt with the threat of floods and hurricanes for as long as we can remember. 

One of my earliest memories involves a flood. When I was very young, I recall my grandfather arriving at our mobile home in a flat boat to pick us up, as though it was just another day. 

Being too young to understand what was going on, I was more excited to ride in a boat over streets that were normally used by cars, than concerned about the situation.

Now that I’m older, I understand flooding is a serious matter. Not only can people lose their cars, furniture and homes, but their lives as well.

While our area was not adversely affected by last week’s storm, it’s apparent that Pearl River County’s residents have not forgotten the most recent disasters that have caused us distress.

Because we understand what it means to lose a home and belongings to a flood, several agencies, community members and organizations are pooling their resources to gather supplies to aid the flood victims in Louisiana. 

As a Louisiana native, it makes me proud to know the residents of my transplant state of Mississippi are willing to help their neighbors, including those that live in adjoining states.