WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) - The flooded roads in Clay County have gotten so bad people are getting creative to get in and out of their homes.
Several people resorted to taking boats to get through the water.
Ray Looney said it's an uneasy feeling taking on the heavily flooded roads.
"It's spooky," he said.
He's been living near Port Harbor Road for 13 years and said driving through flooded terrain doesn't get any easier.
Although Looney's house has never flooded in the time he's lived in the area, Damon Sevir across the street near Humphries Cove, said he wasn't so lucky.
"Right now, we have about 14 inches of standing rain in our first floor," Sevir said.
Sevir said before this, his family was still recovering from last year's flood.
"We had to have the entire first floor completely remodeled, and now we're going to have to do it again," he said.
With the excess water overflowing into the streets, Sevir and his neighbors have been sharing boats to get in and out of their homes.
Other neighbors and commuters boated through several inches of floodwater to accomplish simple everyday tasks like getting the mail or just trying to get to their cars.
"It's a huge headache, and it will continue to be," Sevir said.
Sevier said it's not easy, but said that's the price people pay to live so close to the water.
"We'll just continue to monitor things and wait for the water to go down, which it already has, and as soon as the water is out of the house, we will start clean-up and recovery."
Clay County Emergency Management Director Torrey Williams said the U.S Army Corps of Engineers opened the John C. Stennis Locke gates in Columbus to help drain the excess water from the area as fast and as safe as possible.
In the meantime, he is asking people not to drive around barriers and down closed roads because the movement the cars cause the water to push back onto people's houses and cause more damage.