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Water levels recede, Clay County EMA able to survey damage

After several days, flood waters are starting to recede and EMA Director Torrey Williams was finally able to survey damage in and around Columbus Lake on Wednesday.

Posted: Feb 27, 2019 10:34 PM
Updated: Feb 27, 2019 10:43 PM

CLAY COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - After several days, flood waters are starting to recede and EMA Director Torrey Williams was finally able to survey damage in and around Columbus Lake on Wednesday.

"Some of our expectations were exceeded," Williams said. "Some people are well off then others, but there was a lot of damage. A lot of mud, a lot of dead fish and things of that nature are in the first floors of people's homes."

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency's most recent report shows 72 homes, 12 roads and five bridges in Clay County were damaged after last week's heavy rainfall. 

"It was interesting because everyone was trying to move their stuff up and up to beat the water," Ty Harrison, who lives in the area, said. "A lot of people left when push came to shove." 

Harrison said he believes he was one of the few people who lives in the area to remain there. During that time, he was forced to use a canoe to maneuver through the area. 

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