VICKSBURG, Miss. (WJTV) – The rising Mississippi River has swallowed one Vicksburg community.
For a little more than a week, the Chickasaw community has been underwater.
For the people living here, maneuvering around the flooding has been a challenge.
It’s a familiar problem for some, and a sight that’s hard to believe for others.
After days of slow rising water, the Chickasaw community is barely recognizable.
“Most of them are in that area. In the Kings area or Chickasaw area, where are either inundated or effected in some way where they have to chosen to leave,” John Elfer, the Director of the Warren County Emergency Operations Center, said.
Many residents have chosen to move out, but others have not.
The Warren County Emergency Management office and sheriff’s department have done periodic wellness checks on those brave few.
In some cases, people have just moved out.
One home in the community has been abandoned since 2011. The owner so frustrated with flooding, chose not to stay.
“They have to deal with it every year, if not every year. This is a little bit different because it’s a winter flood. It’s creating a challenge for some of the homes in that area. In your boat ride you probably saw that a lot of them had been raised or elevated. A lot of that occurred after the 2011 flood which is one of the reasons we don’t have a lot of structures damaged now,” Elfer said.
Emergency management team members say each flood season has washed more and more people out; leaving only a few who can stand the reoccurring floods.
Leaders say they are more prepared this time and want to keep it that way.
“I just want to encourage people to stay out of those flooded areas if they don’t have any business out there. We want to get through this event without anyone getting injured. That’s our goal,” Elfer said
So far no one has been hurt and the agencies are working hard to keep it that way.