Hancock County officials on Sunday rescued a family of six and their beloved dog after flooding in the northern part of the county.

Hancock County emergency officials rescued a family of six and their dog early Sunday morning after severe weather caused rising flood waters to threaten a Kiln community.

“They couldn’t get out,” Hancock County Emergency Management Deputy Director John Albert Evans said. “When they called in, they said the water was over the roof of their car.”

With waters at least four feet deep -- maybe more in some areas of Road 328 off Shaw Road, officials said they chose to launch a boat to get back into the area safely and rescue the stranded family.

“Those properties in there back up to the Wolf River,” Evans said, “which is where the high water came from.”

As of Monday evening, Evans said, the waterway had lowered drastically, but was still over the road. Officials will continue to keep a close eye on things which are expected to be back to normal by Thursday.

The high tides did not only impact residents in both Hancock and Harrison counties, but many motorists, as well, since waters were high enough to close a large portion of Menge Avenue, just north of the bridge.

Harrison County workers were also tasked with cleaning up debris this week on Cable Bridge Road, which caused even more headaches for those who live and were traveling in the area.

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