A large-scale water rescue is underway right now in George County, where dozens of people are stranded by rising floodwaters. (Source: WLOX)
The area received at least 7" of rainfall during Saturday's severe weather. (Source: WLOX)
A large event was being held at the campground in George County, despite multiple flood warnings sent out by authorities. (Source: WLOX)
GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -
A large-scale water rescue is underway right now in George County, where dozens of people are stranded by rising floodwaters.
Authorities tell us the people are at Red Creek Off Road, an RV campground on Vestry Road in the southwestern part of the county. At least 70 people have been confirmed by rescue crews as in need of assistance. However, many more are estimated to be stranded.
According to the county's emergency management agency, the campground was holding a large event called Mudbug Bash over the weekend and decided to continue with their plans, despite multiple flood and weather warnings from emergency officials.
Right now-Several people had to be rescued after heavy rains overnight flooded Red Creek Off Road in George County. George County sheriff Keith Havard says multiple agencies are out here rescuing people stranded at their camp sites. pic.twitter.com/rkX2OpI5c1
Several people attending the event tell WLOX they were camping and received a warning to leave but by the time they were given the warning, it. Authorities say the owner of the campground could face criminal charges.
Both Jackson County and George County emergency agencies are assisting with the rescue, including sheriff's departments from both counties, a search and rescue team, and state wildlife and fisheries department.
Emergency agencies are sending out high-water rescue boats and all-terrain vehicles to assist in the rescues. Jackson County Sheriff's Office is also sending out a helicopter to help survey the area. There are no reports of injuries at this time.