Sewage nightmare ends for Escatawpa residents

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

ESCATAWPA, MS (WLOX) - Backhoes removing debris and men working on Elder Ferry Road is a sight Myrna Lewis thought she would never see.

"I was delighted to know they had started on it," Lewis said.

Lewis had a long list of problems that, she said, Moss Point Public Works ignored. One of the most pressing problems was an eight foot sinkhole filled with waste.

"It was a real dangerous hole. I felt really depressed then, because I didn't know if we were going to get anything done."

"We have done the job that needs to be done to get this road repaired," Project Manager Mike Bohlke said Thursday.

Bohlke works for Utility Partners, the company that recently took over Public Works. He called the damage that covered Lewis' neighborhood "unacceptable."

"We dug it up and we replaced the line and filled it back up. We have also dug 1300 ditches. We are clearing out the ditches to make sure you got good drainage," Bohlke said.

Bohlke is hoping this major repair work will make a major difference in Escatawpa.

"If you fix it right the first time, you won't have that recurring problem. If we don't do a good job, we won't have work."

The company's work is getting high praise from Myrna Lewis and her husband who say their street is now cleaner and safer.