Rose Drive residents fed up with flooding

Rose Drive residents fed up with flooding

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - It's happened yet again. People who live on Rose Drive in Moss Point spent the day cleaning up the mess left behind by Sunday evening's deluge. Homes flooded, and residents were evacuated. For many who live there, it's a drill that has become all too familiar.

Frustration is building for the people on Rose Drive. You can see it in their faces, and hear it in their voices. It's a common sight after a heavy rain. Mops, and bleach, and sandbags are a must to deal with flooding.

Many want out, including George Stallworth.

"It's wrong. The way I feel about it, I'd rather have a demolition company come and tear it down and give the land back to the city. Because we're not getting justice," Stallworth lamented.

Tommy Davis got quite a surprise when the sky's opened up.

"I bought this house two weeks ago and I came down here last night and I had three inches of water all through my house. All of my supplies were floating all down through the neighborhood," Davis explained.

Losing possessions yet again is disheartening for one woman who did not want to be identified.

"I work too hard to have the nice things that I have in my house to continue to keep losing them and I have to be responsible to replace them," she said.

Crystal Goldsmith pointed out the water line on her home. She is tired of the fight.

"This is constantly a battle. With the insurance company, and our insurance keeps going up. But we have to pull everything out and start all over again," Goldsmith said.

Despite all the frustrations by the residents on Rose Drive, the city is continuing with a drainage project costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. They said that project will alleviate this problem once and for all. But residents of Rose Drive aren't buying that. One of them is Stevie Griffin.

"The city is over here working, but it's not doing any good. The water came up this time since they've been working quicker than it ever came up in 30 years,"  Stevie Griffin said.

Another is Albert Griffin.

"Well, I don't think so. I couldn't say for sure, but I don't think so. Nothing they've done so far has done any good," Albert Griffin said.

Others just hope that any kind of relief is on the way. The drainage project on Rose Drive is scheduled for completion by November 1.

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