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Pearlington still awaiting the Pearl River Crest

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As the massive amounts of runoff continue to push to the Gulf one community will be last to see its full effect. The town of Pearlington, Mississippi in Hancock County is also on alert and keeping a close watch on the rising Pearl River.    
It looked like a great afternoon to be on the water, but the swift current of the Pearl River off the Pearlington boat launch hints at the real reason so many are there. Pearlington resident Buster Verdin said, “Who knows? That's the thing. We don't know what to expect here.”

This is the last community that will get the bulge of water trying to break free into the Gulf. It’s showing at the boat launch. Within an hour and a half the dock at the boat launch saw a significant rise in the waters. Portions of the pier are completely submerged and the water continued to rise Monday afternoon. The people of Pearlington can only wait as the full surge of water makes its way south.

“It's happening a lot faster than I thought it would be,” said Mathilde Berlin. Berlin sent Fox 8 a picture from the air her family's home Monday March 14th, 2016 showing water seeping from the river all around the property. Dramatic differences showed up in just hours.

The family spent the weekend getting the home ready. After numerous hurricane floods and 2 feet of water in the 1983 storm this property is as ready as they can get it. Berlin said, “I can only think of three times in my life that we've had to prepare for flood water not from a storm. This is the first time since 1995 that we've had to do it like this.”

West Hancock County Fire Chief Kim Jones is urging everyone to stay vigilante. They think at least 200 homes will take on water. Jones said, “That's just a guess depending on how the water comes in. It could be more.” In the meantime residents picked up eight sand loads of sandbags and the department is making sure the high water rescue vehicle it restored with its own hands is ready to go. “If the water gets to rising we are going to do the best we can to get everybody out, but sometimes it's best to wait it out in their own home,” said Jones. He said that's better than wading through flood waters if there's no immediate danger.

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