JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Gov. Phil Bryant says state emergency responders rescued more than 500 people from parts of south Mississippi that flooded in Hurricane Isaac.
Many of the people had remained in low-lying areas where local officials ordered mandatory evacuations.
Bryant said Friday that Mississippi National Guard soldiers rescued 372 people; state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks officers rescued 121; and Department of Marine Resources workers rescued at least 20.
Local agencies also rescued people threatened by high water.
Among the rescuers were Master Sgt. Eric Jude and Chief Warrant Officer Tim Senseney of the National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group.
Jude says he was 4 years old when his home flooded in eastern Kentucky. He says it touched him to help rescue children that age during Isaac.