Escatawpa residents fed up with potholes and sinkholes

The residents have to watch where they step because of the road gaps. Drivers also have to be extra cautious. (Image source: WLOX News.)
The residents have to watch where they step because of the road gaps. Drivers also have to be extra cautious. (Image source: WLOX News.)

ESCATAWPA, MS (WLOX) - Residents in one Escatawpa neighborhood say they are fed up with the numerous potholes and sinkholes swallowing their street. The residents said they called the City of Moss Point several times to fix the problem, but nothing has been done.

Terrence Howard and Alvin Stringfield live on Springwater Street in Escatawpa. A street they say is filled with cracks and huge holes, including one right in front of their homes.

"The holes started this small, but after the rain started, it got like this. Everybody keeps driving on it and it spread open," Howard said.

"When I see, it is dangerous. If the city would see it, they would figure it dangerous too," said Stringfield.

The residents have to watch where they step because of the road gaps. Drivers also have to be extra cautious.

"A car can hit it and knock the front end out of it," Stringfield said.

Neighbors even put rocks in one of the sinkholes to prevent anyone from falling in it. They say they've complained about the problem several times to Moss Point officials.

"Makes me frustrated. I call the city and call the city, so I decided to get WLOX out here," said Stringfield.

I then trekked to Moss Point's Public Works Department and talked with Director Russell Davis about getting the road fixed.

"We have a plan to go into effect tomorrow. We are going to be working on Springwater. We know we have a sewer cave-in that has been called in, but we are going to be there in the morning working on it," Davis said. "We also have some potholes we are going to be there filling tomorrow and working on cleaning some of the ditches."

Davis understands the residents' frustrations, but said the department was understaffed for a while, and that caused the holdup.

"We were shorthanded some people, but now we have filled some vacancies. Now we are going to be able to cover a little bit more and do everything within a reasonable time, within a two week period once we get a call," said Davis.

As for residents, they hope the city will follow through and make these cracks and holes disappear.

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