GLENDORA — Tiny Glendora is surrounded.
With a population of only 151 people, the town is caught between the Tallahatchie River on the north, out of its banks and flowing as wide as a farm field through the Delta, and the Black Bayou on the south, swollen with more than 10 inches of rain last week.
The flatness of the land adds to the problem, creating lakes where fields usually lie, the water within inches of overwhelming U.S. 49E from both the east and west sides.
“We are surrounded by water now,” said Mayor Johnny Thomas, standing beside a flatbed truck carrying sandbags to those in need. “I hope it doesn’t get worse. We’ve only got one way out of here.”
Thomas has seen his town flood before. In 2015, a record rainfall filled the fields.
“It looks like it’s worse now,” he said. “That one was a 100-year flood. This one surpasses that, I guess.”
Thomas said the water usually drains off into Whittaker Lake but can’t get there because of the volume of water in Black Bayou. He said it has resulted in 10 to 12 families having to leave their homes.
Thomas watched Glendora city workers Tracy Bridges and Raphel Simmons fill sandbags given to the city by the county and state emergency management agencies. The two said they had filled more than 500 and appeared to have enough sand left for 100 more. Tallahatchie County District 4 Supervisor Marcus Echols opened a shelter Monday evening after finding people had been forced from their homes by rising water. More than a dozen volunteers staffed the Sharkey-Hampton Lake Volunteer Fire Department building Tuesday to offer food and cots to anyone in need.
Reginald Hill sat at a side table in the shelter after being forced from his home on Sharkey Road.
“The rain came, and it was ‘whoosh,’” he said. “It surrounded the house and was more than a foot deep in places.”
R.B. Hill, who works for the Tallahatchie County Sheriff’s Department, said he’d lived in the county his whole life and had never seen worse weather. “The first time ever,” he said. “Never seen nothing like this before. We have done a bunch of sandbagging.”
Just outside Glendora, on the Due West Plantation along Sturdivant Road, Terry Huddleston was keeping an eye on a project designed to save eight houses from flooding.
The houses lie a hundred yards off the road and were surrounded by water instead of crops. Huddleston and others had placed inflatable polytubes, like those used to drip-irrigate crops, around the houses, then started pumps inside the containment area to try to get the wet out.
“We’ll see if it works,” he said.
Just at that point in time, rain started falling again on Glendora.
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The original version of this article had an incorrect name for Due West Plantation.