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Some gulf coast residents ignore voluntary evacuation

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D'IBERVILLE, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Isaac, now a category one hurricane, is touching the magnolia state as outer bands continue to drive up the water. As it rises, the population in south Mississippi lowers, but voluntary evacuations aren't forcing everyone out.

"I don't think it's going to be quite as big as people say" said Thad McIntyre of D'Iberville. "Obviously we can tell that by just what's going on now."

Many folks in south Mississippi like McIntyre say he's staying put. His D'Iberville home sits on the bay where he'll have a clear view of Mother Nature when Isaac is literally in his back yard.

"Our concern here is not so much trees and debris as it is water so there really is no need to board up for that" added McIntyre.

Meanwhile, Governor Phil Bryant says it's time for folks to get out, especially those in low lying areas where evacuations are mandatory.

"It's ridiculous to put you and your family in harm's way if you know you're in those areas that are going to be under water" said the governor.

Bryant says by late Tuesday, Isaac will be in full effect and the state's disaster plan is underway.

"What we're doing now is moving our manpower and resources another step closer" said Bryant. 

With hurricane Katrina still fresh on the mind, Bryant says search and rescue operations are ready to be dispatched but hopes they won't be needed.

"Heavy down falls of rain and rising water, we cannot send our storm personnel in hurricane force winds" Governor Bryant added.

Katrina is also still fresh on the mind of McIntyre, who say's people need to remember the damage left behind from seven years ago.

"There's really no comparison" said McIntyre. "The house we're at here at 28 feet took in another eight feet of water and blew out the sidewalls of the house, so I don't think we'll be comparing that to this storm."

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