Residents of Tchula, located in the state’s poorest county, Holmes County, have been affected by Tchula Lake’s recent flooding. Although some residents’ lives and homes are in serious danger, officials have not declared the area as a disaster zone. Here are images from the area and the faces of the people dealing with the flood experience.

Read our entire Flooding in Mississippi series.


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Eric J. Shelton was a 2018 corps member in Report for America, and joined the team as our first photojournalist. A native of Columbia, Miss., Eric earned his bachelor’s in photojournalism from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a multimedia journalist for Abilene Reporter-News, chief photographer for the Hattiesburg American and photo editor for the Killeen Daily Herald before joining our team June 2018. He rejoined Mississippi Today as our health photojournalist in January 2022.