Vancleave woman latest person to be rescued from floods - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Vancleave woman latest person to be rescued from floods

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

A Vancleave woman saw water rising toward her elevated home.  She called 911, hoping rescue teams would splash out to her property and carry her to safety.  A Jackson County fire truck and a rescue boat arrived at the woman's home just after 7:00 Thursday morning. 

Scenes like that played out across Jackson County most of Wednesday and early Thursday.  Emergency scanners stayed busy for hours as the waters rose, transforming streets into rivers in a matter of minutes.  Moss Point firefighter Derek Etheridge described the scene by saying, "Flooding almost to the windowsills, cars underwater up to the door handles."

During the height of the Wednesday night storm, more than 50 people had to be rescued from flooded cars or homes in Moss Point. Many of those people lived near Rose Road, just west of Highway 63.  The evacuees were soaked and tired, however, no serious injuries were reported.

At this hour, all South Mississippi schools are open. 

The situation turned dangerous very quickly, according to Moss Point police chief Keith Davis. "The rain started coming in and within an hour we were getting calls asking for help to come get them out of their houses," Davis said. 

Past hurricanes couldn't even match the fury of this storm, Etheridge added.  "This is probably the fastest it ever rose.  Even during Hurricane Isaac we didn't have this kind of water rise quite as quickly as it did tonight." 

Residents of the River City, like Kenneth Graves, were caught off guard.  "Last hurricane we had this side of the area was very flooded and this side wasn't as much, but I guess it just kind of shifted this time. I don't know what kind of storm cell we had but it was very bad," Graves said.

First responders, like Mike Wilson, had no time to rest.  "Very busy for us tonight, both in our district and obviously over here.  Several people with cars off the side of the road and most everybody was OK, just a little scared," said Wilson.

Despite the downpour, everything went according to plan, and training for these types of events paid off in the end, according to Etheridge. "The rescue operation went smoothly. We had a lot of help from other organizations that brought in some boats and some high water rescue trucks." 

Davis said that effort and help means something more than just a day's work.  "As a human being and personally, it gives me satisfaction in knowing that more than likely, we saved someone's life tonight and the men and women in uniform, fire department, police department, those guys have all the credit, they should be credited for saving lives."

In neighboring Pascagoula, the deluge was just as troubling.  Low-lying streets were closed.  Homeowners evacuated, some even had to be rescued.

Pascagoula firefighters tell WLOX News a seven-year-old child was struck by lightening.  And because of the rain and flooding, his parents had a hard time rushing him to the hospital.

Copyright 2013 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • BREAKING

    Kevin Daigle pursuing intoxication defense in capital trial

    Kevin Daigle pursuing intoxication defense in capital trial

    Thursday, April 19 2018 8:44 PM EDT2018-04-20 00:44:00 GMT
    Kevin Daigle (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)Kevin Daigle (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)

    Defense motions filed in state district court indicate that Kevin Daigle plans to suggest that he was so drunk that he should not be found guilty. Daigle is charged with first-degree murder in the death of State Trooper Steven Vincent. He is facing the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    Defense motions filed in state district court indicate that Kevin Daigle plans to suggest that he was so drunk that he should not be found guilty. Daigle is charged with first-degree murder in the death of State Trooper Steven Vincent. He is facing the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
  • Ribbon cutting held for new behavioral health hospital

    Ribbon cutting held for new behavioral health hospital

    Thursday, April 19 2018 8:13 PM EDT2018-04-20 00:13:09 GMT
       The Archer Institute is the lake areas' first state of the art mental health facility. The Lake Charles Memorial Health System along with local psychiatrist and mental health leader Dr. Dale Archer have joined forces to create an innovative behavioral health treatment center that will provide care for adults and children struggling with behavioral health issues.  "This is the first free standing hospital that's been built in over 40 years in the state of Louis...More >>
       The Archer Institute is the lake areas' first state of the art mental health facility. The Lake Charles Memorial Health System along with local psychiatrist and mental health leader Dr. Dale Archer have joined forces to create an innovative behavioral health treatment center that will provide care for adults and children struggling with behavioral health issues.  "This is the first free standing hospital that's been built in over 40 years in the state of Louis...More >>
  • Army investigating fatal shooting of Fort Polk soldier

    Army investigating fatal shooting of Fort Polk soldier

    Thursday, April 19 2018 7:29 PM EDT2018-04-19 23:29:09 GMT
    Fort Polk (Source:  KPLC)Fort Polk (Source: KPLC)
    Fort Polk (Source:  KPLC)Fort Polk (Source: KPLC)

    The fatal shooting of an 18-year-old soldier at Fort Polk is now a criminal investigation. Private Jacob Malcolm of Hedgesville, West Virginia, was fatally shot on April 12 in a residence at the base. Kim Reischling, spokeswoman for the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Command, says that the gunshot wound was not self-inflicted. Malcolm was serving as an infantry rifleman assigned to the 2nd Battalion. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    The fatal shooting of an 18-year-old soldier at Fort Polk is now a criminal investigation. Private Jacob Malcolm of Hedgesville, West Virginia, was fatally shot on April 12 in a residence at the base. Kim Reischling, spokeswoman for the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Command, says that the gunshot wound was not self-inflicted. Malcolm was serving as an infantry rifleman assigned to the 2nd Battalion. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly