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Mississippi residents recovering from Isaac flooding

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Elvin Bayhem, who lives near the Tangipahoa River, is just worried about getting back home. Elvin Bayhem, who lives near the Tangipahoa River, is just worried about getting back home.
Randy Braswell's business in Magnolia, Mississippi was one of many locations that was flooded. Randy Braswell's business in Magnolia, Mississippi was one of many locations that was flooded.
Some of Braswell's Irreplaceable documents were covered in feet of water. Some of Braswell's Irreplaceable documents were covered in feet of water.
Magnolia, MS -

(WMC-TV) - Emergency officials in Mississippi are monitoring a dam at Percy Quin State Park, hoping to prevent it from breaking and flooding a wide area downstream.

Four tractor driven pumps are working around the clock to pump water out of Lake Tangipahoa and relieve pressure on the dam.

This as we learned a second person in Mississippi died as a result of Isaac, when a tree fell on her car.

You can't tell from the outside, but Thursday afternoon, Randy Braswell's business was flooded.  In Magnolia, Mississippi, irreplaceable documents, covered in feet of water.

"I mean it's in the millions of dollars information and seismic maps, equipment different things that went under water as much as 5-10 feet," said Braswell.

Furniture and carpet destroyed.  Braswell says when the water started rising, he had to make a choice.

"When they told us it was going to be a lot of water and all, we started moving heavy equipment to higher ground and the oil rigs to higher ground, and that did not leave us a lot of time to salvage anything in the office," Braswell stated.

Further downstream on the Tangipahoa River, Elvin Bayhem has a different problem.

"Worried about getting back home that's the main thing," said Bayhem.  "I left yesterday morning because the water was getting up," he added.

His house is now an island, surrounded by 4 feet of water.  Bayhem lives right next to the river so he wasted no time fleeing.

But until the water levels drop Bayhem doesn't even know what the inside looks like, leaving him to fear the worst.

"Downstairs I got a washer and a dryer and different stuff, a refrigerator," Bayhem stated.

He's also worried about one of his water wells.  Bayhem says he'll try and take a tractor through the standing water to get take a look inside.  He's hoping and praying for the best.

"You don't expect it so you don't move things out you know you just grab what you can when the water's coming up," said Bayhem.

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