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Jackson Co. residents must sign off on flood control project


By Patrice Clark – bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) – Eastern Jackson County and the cities of Moss Point and Pascagoula have secured a big chunk of Katrina recovery money to improve drainage, clean ditches, and build culverts in flood prone neighborhoods. That's the good news.  The bad news is, that money could be lost if residents don't sign off on the plans.

Every time a heavy rain falls in Moss Point, Katrina Viverette's clogged ditches spill out a nasty, wet mess into her backyard. 

"The snakes, the water, it is just a nuisance," Viverette said. 

Mayor Aniece Liddell admits Viverette's complaint is echoed by hundreds of neighbors in her city who are fed up with debris filled ditches and backed up bayous. 

"Since I have been in office, I have had a list of complaints from drainage to property erosion," Mayor Liddell said.  

For eight months, city and county leaders have worked to secure nearly $4 million in federal funding to correct drainage woes. The money benefits about 3,000 residents in Pascagoula, Moss Point, Escatawpa, and in the county.

"We have found it through the National Resource Conservation Service, and they want to protect their land, and stop the soil erosions and maintain sediment control," County Program Administrator Lance Moffa said. 

Moffa said in order for the improvement project to begin, citizens living near the certain ditches and bayous must give written permission for the city or county workers to come onto their property. 

"To get on people's land and clear these things out, you must have the right of way." 

Here's the hard part, leaders say they only have a month to get thousands of forms signed, or they could possibly lose the funding. 

"All I need is their address and their name and we are good," Mayor Liddell said. 

County and city leaders say they will call, send letters, and knock on doors to get these forms signed as soon as possible. Moss Point is also encouraging residents living near bayous to come to city hall to sign the right of way form.

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