JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) – Drainage nightmares could soon be over for 2,000 Jackson County homeowners. Thursday, the county started a $3.8 million drainage restoration program.
"It is an extremely important project," Moss Point Mayor Aneice Liddell said. "I already have gone out on two drainage issues just this week and the water is just not flowing out."
Board of Supervisors President Melton Harris agrees with Mayor Liddell. He said drainage has been a hot topic ever since Hurricane Katrina.
"When you hold this water in your soil, then your pipes start to corrode. As a result, many of your streets deteriorate, homes flood," Harris said.
To fix the drainage woes for neighbors, the county worked with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to get nearly $4 million in grant money.
Thursday morning, work crews braved the cold weather to knock down overgrown grass, trees and shrubs to get to debris and dirt covering the canals and creeks. In the first hour of work, three tires, a basketball stand and a plastic container were all found in the ditch. And those are just a few of the items clogging the drainage ways.
"Most of that will be removed and the ditch will be cleared, so the water can drain out of the city and drain out of the communities," Harris said. "I think the citizens will benefit from this."
Moss Point neighbors Lavon Robinson and Freddie Perryman said they're eager for work to start on their street.
"I am so happy because we have wanted to get this done for years," Robinson said.
The neighbors said the project will be a major help to them because their ditches are backed up and their backyards are sinking.
"Our houses are the only two houses on the street that flooded," Perryman said. "Because, partially, this ditch was plugged up and the water couldn't in and get out of it. So I am very happy."
Several residents from Moss Point, Pascagoula, as well as the Escatawpa and Orange Grove communities, are all included in this drainage restoration project. Work should be complete by 2012.
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