Flooding causes major evacuation in West Jackson

Published: Sep. 5, 2011 at 4:50 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 2, 2013 at 8:06 AM CST
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - West Jackson residents living in the Camelot apartment complex had to be evacuated after water began rising into their apartments. Now many of those residents are temporarily staying at the "Greater Bethlehem" church in Jackson.

A pond of unwanted water filled the Camelot apartment's parking lot Monday morning. Dozens of cars were covered in murky flood water and residents took it upon themselves to drain clogged sewers in the parking lot.

The water got so deep rescue crews were called in to evacuate between 50 and 150 residents living in ground level apartments.

Camelot resident, Henry Jenkins says, "I was basically looking out the window and I saw the water up on my car, I said Lord what has happened out here and that's what got my attention."

From the carpet to the tile floor that needs more than a mop...everything on the floor in Jenkins' apartment is drenched. "I woke up and the water was coming through the door you know and I tried to stop it, but the flood it just kept coming," says Jenkins.

The flooding in the Camelot apartment parking lot is extremely high. Residents here say this isn't the first time flooding has been this bad.

"It's just one of those things, you know the creek rises and you got poor drainage and that's what we expect," says Camelot resident Willie Earl Patton Jr.

Members of the "Greater Bethlehem" church graciously opened church doors to Camelot residents in need of a place to stay. The evacuees are also receiving help from the Red Cross. Anthony Robinson and his family are staying at the church. Robinson says he just moved into the Camelot apartments in May, but now he's thinking about moving out.

Robinson says, "I can't look back, it's too wet in there and what's the use of staying in a place where you can't lay your head."

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