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Officials in Mississippi urge flood awareness

By Daniel Hight - bio | email

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - Officials in Mississippi are encouraging homeowners this week to protect themselves. They say floods cost Mississippians more in damage than any other natural disaster.

On the first day of Mississippi's Flood Awareness week, it rained. The Emergency Management Agency hopes to inform citizens in Mississippi on the risk of floods.The state averages nearly 60 inches of rainfall per year. The agency said its enough rain to cause substantial floods in parts of the state.

Keri West has lived in her Southaven home for six years. She is worried the drainage behind her property won't work and her house will flood.

"During rains and downpours, it'll creep up pretty fast," she said, "at times it can be a bit scary."

She said debris in the creek hinders water flow and causes the water to rise.

"It gets up pretty high," said West.

The Emergency Management Agency encourages all homeowners to buy flood insurance even if they don't think they are at risk.

"You just never know," said West. "Its just a good thing to have."

West said her husband recognized their need and made sure their home was covered.

"He sells insurance, so he keeps us safe," she said.

West added that their flood insurance brings a peace of mind incase the creek spills out of its banks.

"We couldn't afford not to have it," she said.

Since 1978, floodwaters have caused a total of 3 billion dollars in damages to Mississippi.

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