Port Gibson flooding forces family out of home


PORT GIBSON, Miss. (WJTV)– Flooding has left a Port Gibson family leaving with no place to go. ​

Water rose on MLK Thursday morning leaving neighbors moving cars and personal belongings to higher ​
ground. ​
​Michelle Banks’ home flooded. It’s a close call for the others. ​
“My kids and I, we woke up to water rushing into the house,” said Banks. “We had to just gather up ourselves. We left. We couldn’t ​gather up any personal items. We just left with what we had, the clothes on our backs and that’s it. ​

She says the water was well above her ankles. ​She can’t get back to her home, and for now she is living in her SUV with her three children, ranging in age from ​10-20 because they have nowhere to go. ​

“It sounds embarrassing, but it’s not a time to be embarrassed,” said Banks.​

The moment I reached out to the mayor of Port Gibson he was out in the neighborhood. ​

“For years it has always flooded in this area down by the bottom of this road,” said Mayor Willie A. White. “We have a young lady who normally gets flooded on a regular basis when it rains over​ a period of time. It’s located just outside the city limits, but we’ve been moving around all day with first responders and we’re going to get in​ contact with our emergency management person who is going to reach out to her and the supervisor whose been doing a great job identifying needs in the county.” ​

Banks says she is asking for help to get back on her feet. You can reach out to her by calling (601) 702-9103.

Banks also asked for Red Cross assistance. I reached out to them. Her information is being forwarded to the disaster services team.

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