MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Soggy carpeting, drenched furniture and being trapped in their homes. Those days of dealing with flooding troubles could soon come to an end for many Moss Point families.
This week, construction finally got underway on the Rose Drive drainage improvement project.
There were no speeches and no ground breaking ceremony to mark the start of a long awaited drainage project. The only sound was the roar of the construction equipment.
"We've done enough talking. These people have had this problem for over 40 years, and they're tired of talking. So today, talk stops and work begins," said Moss Point Mayor Billy Broomfield.
"I feel superlative this morning," said Alma Hill.
That was Hill's reaction as she watched crews dig up a ditch off Webb Street on Tuesday. The workers will eventually make their way to Rose Drive, where flooding is a constant headache.
When asked if she has had water in her house before, Hill replied, "12 inches. Every time it rains, I'm stressed out."
Hill showed us pictures of her furniture and precious mementos reduced to a soggy mess.
"You feel terrible, because you want to live decent, and you don't want to keep doing the same thing over and over," said Hill.
For years, neighbors have also complained about storm water rushing onto their streets and creeping into their homes. Some have had to be rescued due to the rising water.
To alleviate the problem, crews will install eight additional drains on Rose Drive and eight more along the project route. Undersized pipes will be replaced with larger ones.
The goal is to divert rain water from the Rose Drive neighborhood north to the Escatawpa River.
"It can rain all they like. It may get in the street, but it won't be there long," said Broomfield. "I'm sure they will be excited as I am, probably more."
The $1.3 million project should take about eight months to complete. It is being funded by FEMA, grants and bond money.