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Hinds County making water rescues near the Big Black River – video

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Hinds County rescuers help Tony and his cats to safety near the flooding Big Black River. [photo by David Day]

A Hinds County cabin resident, his family and his pets have been rescued from the floodwaters of the Big Black River.

Stranded for about a week, Tony thought the rising water would pass. Instead, the water kept rising, and he ran out of provisions. This morning, he called for a rescue.

Hinds County Emergency Services put him, the cats, his mother and aunt in boats and ferried them to safety with just a handful of belongings. Shaken to the core as he stepped off the rescue boat, Tony couldn’t give his last name or the names of his four cats.

Rescuers from Hinds County help Tony and his cats to safety. (photo by David Day)

Hinds County Emergency Services is going door to door in the area attempting to evacuate people and warn them of the dangers. Reportedly, one elderly couple is refusing to evacuate.

Madison County Emergency Services is also on scene to help where ever they can.

U.S. Highway 80 near the Big Black River may be overtopped and shut down later today.

Water is moving fast in this Big Black tributary flowing high under U.S. Highway 80. (photo by David Day)

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