JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Work will soon begin to clean out several drainage areas in Jackson County to help prevent flooding. Jackson County supervisors awarded the contract Monday for the dredging of upper Davis Bayou.
Simmons and Stark Bayou will also be cleaned out. The county received nearly $3 million in FEMA funding to pay for the projects.
Supervisor John McKay says the debris and siltation in the bayous have been a nightmare for boaters and homeowners on the south side of town. He is pleased the county finally received the funding to do the work.
"It is going to be a great thing for the boaters who use those three bayous to get in and out. It also will benefit the homeowners," said McKay. "A lot of siltation from the front part of the county drains this way. Whenever these bayous fill up it affects the drainage in the neighborhoods, so it should help with a lot of the flooding."
McKay says the dredging work should start in 30 to 45 days.