Gates temp fix after heavy rains says DeSoto Co - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Gates temp fix after heavy rains says DeSoto Co

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HERNANDO, Miss. (FOX13) -

Flooding along Holly Springs Road in southern DeSoto County is becoming a major concern.

Flooding has been so bad after soaking rains near Hernando that supervisors are putting gates up to keep motorists off of it after a heavy rain.

"This is a thorn in my skin, I'm going to tell you," said County Supervisor Harvey Lee.

It's not a permanent solution. The DeSoto County supervisors say they have a permanent solution, but they aren't getting any answers out of Jackson, Miss., or Washington, D.C., when they ask about money for a new bridge over the Coldwater River and flood prone parts of Holly Springs Road.

With the threat of rain possibly arriving Thursday, supervisors are afraid they'll have to shut down Holly Springs Road again.

"Every time I get a good rain here, I have to close down Holly Springs Road," Lee said. "I've seen it really bad here. I've seen it flood to within a half mile of the store here."

The problem lies in the area around the bridge that goes over the Coldwater River and neighboring Short Fork Creek and Pigeon Roost creeks. Shut down traffic here, and motorists have no easy way out.

"That's our biggest problem," Lee said. "The water can't get out fast enough, so we got to do something. No you are going to go about 15-20miles out of your way no matter what, either direction."

"If that road closes, they have to go around to Lewisburg," he added. "They did a survey on it, and it cost $146,000 dollars in extra gasoline for all those people to do that."
 
Lee says the county has its share of the funding for dredging and a new bridge over the Coldwater River that would solve the problem. Lee says not getting any word out of Jackson or Washington, D.C. on where the state and federal funding is for the project.

"I've talked to several people and can't nobody tell me what happened to the money after four years ago," Lee said.

The last time the Coldwater River was dredged near Holly Springs Road  was in the early 1970s, those who live in that area say the sand and silt has built up so much in the river, that the water has no where to pass under the bridge.

So until the county gets funding for the new bridge and dredging, there will be gates in place when it rains on Holly Springs Road near the Coldwater River.

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