Nation: The Pearl Proves Costly

Tamed years ago by the building of Ross Barnett Dam and Reservoir four miles north of Jackson, Miss., the Pearl River has been a placid, peaceful stream. But last week unwary residents along its banks scrambled to get out of the way of its onrushing water. In some of Jackson's finest neighborhoods, owners of $100,000 to $200,000 homes frantically heaved furniture and other possessions onto their rooftops as the river spilled 25 ft. over flood stage and lapped at the eaves. Residents in boats actually had to look down at nearly submerged street...

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