PICKENSVILLE RESIDENTS DEAL WITH IMPACT OF FLOODING

Pickensville Flooding

Story by WVUA 23’s Kinsley Centers.

Pickensville residents who live along the Tombigbee River are still facing severe flooding after heavy rains earlier in the week. Earlier on Friday, the river reached its peak during the crest and the water is expected to begin to go back down.

Some residents of Rivermont continue to have flooded front and back yards. Some are forced to travel by boat to and from their homes due to flooded roadways.

Jerry Pate, a Rivermont homeowner, has lived in the area for 30 years. This is not the first flood he and his family have experienced. Pate says it’s important to stay prepared in case of a flood because of how quickly it approaches. He says it’s all just a part of river life.

“Soon as we get through with this one we got another one on the way. It may be a month from now, it may be a year from now, there’s another one coming,” Pate said. “If you live on the river that’s just the way it is. We just take it one day at a time. When it gets through doing what it’s going to do then you get the hosepipe out, start washing down and get back to normal.”

He said he is hoping to start cleaning Saturday.

Pate said the flooding the Pickensville area is facing is similar to the flooding event that happened in the area this time last year with only being an inch and a half less.

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