Ocean Springs residents look to city for answers after drainage issues

Ocean Springs residents look to city for answers after drainage issues

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - For some residents living in the Parktown East Subdivision in Ocean Springs, when it rains, it pours.

"Whenever it comes a heavy rain, the streets fill up, people aren't considerate, they come up much to fast, pushing water way up over the street," said Ocean Springs resident, Paul Rogers.

Some of the residents living in the Parktown subdivision say they've been having these issues for years. However, nothing has been done about it.

"We've been having flooding problems for over 25 years. Nothing has been done to it, and it's only gotten worse since I been here," said Katie Yow.

Yow has lived in her home for decades, and she says that the city has pretty much forgotten about her neighborhood.

"I want something done, I want some action done. They've brought the city engineers down here, nothing has been done with them. But they open up new avenues in the ditches, and give up more water and that's bad," said Yow.

But, Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran says that's not true.

"We have done lots of different repairs in the Parktown area. We've continued to clean out a lot of the drainways, we've moved a lot of the water to the East to the Crestline cemetery." said Moran.

Moran says the Parktown community was annexed from Jackson County, which had different regulations when the community was built, but a solution is in the works. One solution was discussed at a MDOT Public meeting on Thursday.

"The real solution for them is to have additional culverts boaring Highway 90 in order to move some of that water from those drainways into Davis Bayou," said Moran.

The project is projected to be completed by 2021.

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