New drains will help ease flooding worries in Moss Point neighborhood

csteube@sunherald.comJuly 8, 2014 

CHRISTINA STEUBE/SUN HERALDRose Drive resident I.L. Lett discusses her concerns with Alderman Chuck Redmond after a press conference in Moss Point on Tuesday morning.

MOSS POINT -- Rose Drive residents are finally getting solutions to their flooding problems.

Mayor Billy Broomfield held a press conference Tuesday morning to mark the beginning of a mitigation project to reroute standing water during heavy rains to the Escatawpa River.

Resident I.L. Lett said she was the third person to move to the Rose Drive area, more than 30 years ago. Last year, her home flooded seven times.

"I've shed some tears out here," Lett said. She said following heavy rains, water stays in the area for about a week. Since she's lived in the area, she's had water in her home nearly 25 times.

"I am 76 years old and I can't take it anymore," she said.

Broomfield said drains thought to flow in the right direction were found to be flowing backward. He said the project will add 16 in the area to reroute the water, and the street will then be resurfaced. He estimates the city will accept bids for the project within the month and the contract will be awarded within 60 days after that. It's estimated the $600,000, FEMA-funded project will take a year.

Ward 2 Alderman Chuck Redmond said attempts by previous administrations have led to the current board finding a solution.

"I'm excited for the community," he said. "It's been a long time coming and I'm glad it's happening now."

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