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Flooding woes to end soon for one Moss Point neighborhood

City officials say the Rose Drive flood relief project is 65 percent complete. (Photo source: WLOX) City officials say the Rose Drive flood relief project is 65 percent complete. (Photo source: WLOX)
MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

Relief is finally in sight for residents in a Moss Point neighborhood plagued with flooding problems for more than 40 years. The Rose Drive mitigation project began in December. The project is now more than halfway complete.

The sound of progress could be heard in Moss Point as construction crews installed new drainage pipes to reduce flooding on Rose Drive and at least five surrounding streets.

"We are about 65 percent complete," said Moss Point's Public Works Director Russell Davis.

For more than four decades, massive flooding would swallow the neighborhood when there was a heavy rainstorm. Those who live, or once lived in the area said it felt like they were living a nightmare.

"I lived on Rose Drive back in 1974 when the first flood came in," Richard Young recalled. "At that time, I had a little boy and I was lying in the bed and when I woke up, the police lights were flashing. The water had come up to the bed. When I stepped out of the bed, I stepped in water almost waist deep."

Davis said the goal is to redirect the water out of the area to the Escatawpa River. He said instead of construction starting on Rose Drive, it began on the north end where the largest tubes were placed.

"Hopefully within the next week, we can be turning down Rose Drive."

The ongoing construction is causing a headache for some business owners in the area. While they didn't want to be on camera, they told me that business at their shops has taken a dive. They hope the project is completed soon.

"Yes, this has caused some inconvenience for some of our patrons here and business owners, but it is part of progress," said Davis.

Progress and flood relief, two things residents said are long overdue.

"I am sure those folks have replaced quite a bit of furniture in the past few years, and I don't know how they can even afford insurance and stuff as many times as they flood down there. So it is great the city is getting that done," said resident Frank Massey.

The project should be finished by the end of August and the total project cost is estimated at $1.4 million.

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