PEARLINGTON, Miss. — Mississippi wildlife officers used small motorboats Wednesday to rescue several people from a neighborhood that Isaac flooded in the small coastal town of Pearlington.
One of those rescued, 63-year-old Dianne Burton, says she and members of her extended family didn’t leave before the storm because they didn’t expect so much water. She has lived there 46 years and says the only other time the area flooded was during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Wednesday afternoon that officers from the state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks had rescued at least 58 people in Hancock County.
But the rescue of Burton and her family was happening at the same time Bryant was doing a press briefing in Gulfport, so the total of those rescued will be higher.