Mississippi sees flooding

BY SUSAN KIM | Tupelo, MS | April 4, 2001

"This has happened to them two or three times over the last few years."

—Rev. Don McCain

Some 30 families were displaced in Tupelo, MS Tuesday night when the area received more than four inches of rain in less than 24 hours.

An apartment building took in about five inches of water, forcing families to temporarily evacuate, said the Rev. Don McCain, pastor at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Tupelo. Local churches as well as the American Red Cross helped evacuees find temporary shelter.

Some single-family homes also sustained flood damage.

On Tuesday, floodwaters submerged sidewalks, forced major roadways to close, and damaged school buildings.

Some families that were flooded are considering permanently relocating because "this has happened to them two or three times over the last few years," said McCain.

Local pastors in Tupelo are considering forming a community-based disaster preparedness and recovery committee, said the Rev. Susan Springer, pastor at Christ The King Lutheran Church. "It's in the works," she said. "We want to be able to respond to anything in the future."

In late February, the town of Pontotoc, some 25 miles away from Tupelo, was devastated by tornadoes. Some Tupelo pastors have been helping with recovery efforts there, said Springer.

Forecasts called for more rain Wednesday night in the Tupelo area with more chance of rain over the weekend.

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