Pickens County Cleanup

Cleanup is beginning in Pickens County after more than 100 families in Pickensville experienced extreme flooding thanks to a deluge of rain last month.

The Rivermont community along the Tombigbee River was especially hit hard, and was only accessible by boat for most of last week.

Wes Jones has lived in the area for five years, and this flood was his first.

“We had to cut all this (drywall) out because we had about 2 feet of water in our living room,” Jones said.

Jones estimated the flood will cost his family between $7,000 and $8,000 in losses, including flooring he’d just put down in his house.

“Freezers, tools — I lost a lot of tools,” Jones said. “My wife had thousands of pictures. We dried those out and think we’ll be able to save those.”

The Pickens County Emergency Management Agency is taking donations for flood victims, along with donations of cleaning supplies like bleach, bleach wipes, rakes and mold-removers.

Pickens County EMA Director Lakitha Bell said other than donations, residents can help by respecting the privacy of those whose homes were damaged.

“Right now I am encouraging people who do not live in the area to please just stay out,” Bell said. “Give them their space so they can clean up their homes and get back to their regular living.”

The Pickens County EMA office is located at <span style=”font-size: 14px;”>155 Reform St. #100 in Carrollton, and their phone number is 205-361-8444.</span><p><p><div class=”zloOqf kno-fb-ctx” data-dtype=”d3ifr” data-local-attribute=”d3adr” data-ved=”2ahUKEwjXs-b28OjgAhUMKawKHfd5DXEQghwoADAPegQIDBAC”></div></p></p>

As far as potential future floods, Jones said he’ll be ready and waiting because he’s not going anywhere.

“That’s river life,” Jones said. “You take the good with the bad.”

Rivermont is a great community, Jones said, and its residents have been pitching in to help those in need.

“People have been bringing food and cleaning supplies,” Jones said. “The (Pickens County) EMA has been awesome. I’m glad to live here. Not interested in going anywhere else. So I’ll just clean up and get ready.”

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