RIVER FLOODING IMPACTS MARENGO COUNTY RESIDENTS

Flooding In Dmop

Story by WVUA 23’s Kinsley Centers.

People who live in homes along the Black Warrior and Tombigbee river are forced to travel to and from their homes by boat due to the severe flooding.

Homeowners, like Tim McCray, whose home is on the Black Warrior, cannot get to their home at all without a boat.

He says the river is hard to predict and advises residents to always be prepared for severe floods that can last days at a time.

“You need probably a week’s supply of food and water and mainly medicine,” McCray said.

Others in the Demopolis area where the Tombigbee sits are sure to stop by City Landing to see the flooding for themselves.

For most, this is not the first time the landing has flooded, but for a new resident like Pete Ankerson, it is.

“This is the highest I’ve seen it, I’ve been down here for a month and a half and this is the highest I’ve ever seen it,” Ankerson said.

Out of state visitors like Dan and Linda Ide came to the area to sightsee, but the flooded area was not the sight they originally planned to see.

Dan Ide said they spend a lot of time on the Mississippi river banks and are fascinated in the change of water.

“It changes every day. If we sit here long enough we will see something different here in half an hour and whether it’s debris coming down or barges moving around, it’s just, there’s a magnetism to it,” Dan Ide said.

The water is expected to continue to rise even higher when the river crests.

Until then, McCray has one request:

“Prayer for everybody because I mean when it gets down to it, it’s all in the good lord’s hands and we’re just here for the ride,” McCray said.

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