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Karen's Rain Snags Pascagoula Traffic
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WPMI) In Pascagoula, Mississippi, storm surges of up to 5 feet were, at one time predicted from Karen.
That never materialized.
But that doesn't mean Pascagoula and Jackson County went unscathed during the storm.
When remnants of Karen unleashed a torrent of rain over downtown Pascagoula Sunday, traffic at Market St and Highway 90 almost ground to a halt.
Local shop owners say motorists are reluctant to turn back.
Store clerk Dominique Mitchell said it still amazes here people try to drive through the deep, standing water..
"Yes," she said. "Especially the cars. I would never try to get my car though that."
The flooding certainly made a difference when it came to people stopping by Young's Beauty.
"It's been kind of slow today," said Paula Lampton. "We only has a couple of people."
But the shop was open... something that probably wouldn't have happened if Karen had held together as a tropical storm. But instead, she turned out to be...
"A big mess," said Paula. "That's what I thought it was going to be."
And she thought right.
Minutes later, Pascagoula police had had enough of the soggy mess and closed that section of street.
At a nearby sub shop, workers put tarps around the doors because wake from the cars was spilling over the sidewalk.
But one man's inconvenience is often another man's opportunity.
"Yeah. It gave me some time off," said Jeff Thompson
He works at the Chevron refinery in Pascagoula.
Bosses there sent workers home on Friday, giving Jeff three days to try to fish.
Sunday he came out to the water's edge not sure what to expect.
"Stormy, still raining," he thought. "I was just seeing how the water was and decided to stay, since it quit raining."
Even a bad day for fishing is a good day for Jeff.