OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The people who live in one east Ocean Springs subdivision are breathing a sigh of relief following a meeting at city hall. Flooding problems that have plagued the neighborhood for years have gotten the attention of city officials, and a short-term fix may be on the way.
Parktown East is normally peaceful and quiet, except when it rains. Mike Impey is the alderman who serves the area.
"The drainage issues occur when we have, they are commonly referred to as rain events, and it has a tendency to overwhelm the system in a couple of locations," Impey explained.
He added the permanent fix won't come until at least 2021 when Hwy. 90 is widened.
"Obviously, the main solution is going to be getting that water south of Hwy. 90 into Davis Bayou. It's not going to happen as soon as any of us would like it to, but that is the ultimate solution," said Impey.
While long-term solutions to the flooding problems in Parktown East may be years away, the people who live in this subdivision say they're glad a new emphasis is being put on temporary relief measures. Just ask Shane Webb.
"It makes me feel good about it. As long as they can get that flooding down at the end of the road controlled, everything will be great," Webb said.
Mike Martello agreed as he enjoyed some quality time with the family dog.
"We really need it. We really, really do," Martello implored. "Especially when you get these hard rains and water is almost coming up to the houses and people are standing out in the street to slow the cars down to keep the water out of the houses."
There are other concerns as well for public works employees. Johnny Groue is the city's public works director.
"We do have areas that flood quite often throughout the city, so I can't spend money, resources, and time in one area when we have a whole city that we have to protect," said Groue.
The people of Parktown East will gladly settle for just a bit more of that protection.
City officials say building an additional drainage ditch in Parktown East will take some time, since private property will have to be acquired in order to do so.