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Storms Damage Lamar County Homes, Heavy Flooding

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Several homeowners woke up Friday with a big mess to clean up.

Dozens of homes in Lamar County were damaged from flooding after Thursday night's heavy rain.

"We are doing our surveys right now but it looks like we have about 20 or 25 homes that were damaged from water," said James Smith, Lamar County Emergency Management Director.

He said the Westover community was hit hard by the storms.

"Areas behind the Turtle Creek Mall and and the West 4th Street area," he said.

Some flood victims were awaken by the storm.

"It was about 12 or 1 a.m." Gloria Strickland said, a flood victim. "We were in the bed."

Her daughter's room received the most damage.

"Clothes, the stuff on her bed is messed up, sheets and things," she said.

James Elkins moved into his house Friday from Gulfport. He heard about the storms but didn't know the extent.

"We saw a little bit of mud and couldn't understand why," he said.

Fortunately his house is fine, but his neighbor's isn't.

"I couldn't see it at first, but there is a line that goes all the way around his house.

"My initial reaction was one of shock," Howard Beard said.

He said about six inches of water came into his house.

"There is mud and water throughout the house that is in every room of the house," he said.

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