MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - A construction project that will bring flooding relief to a Moss Point neighborhood officially began Tuesday.
City and county leaders gathered to mark the start of the Rose Drive Drainage Improvement Project.
Crews will install larger pipes and drains starting at Webb Street and ending at Rose Drive. The goal is to divert rain water from the area north into the Escatawpa River.
The mayor says the project will ease frustration for residents who have endured decades of flooding troubles.
"They don't have to worry about being evacuated from their homes, losing their furniture, property, putting it up on whatever they can, just plain old insurance issues that they were being threatened by because they were filing so many claims so frequently every time it rains," said Mayor Billy Broomfield. "Those issues will hopefully go away as well."
The project will cost about $1.3 million. It is being funded by FEMA, grants, and bond money. It should take about eight months to complete.