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Flash flooding forces Coldwater over its banks

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While floodwaters in much of North Mississippi and Western Tennessee have receded from Tuesday's downpour, the water that has drained off has to go somewhere.

All that water is creating a huge problem for commuters in the southeastern part of DeSoto County, Miss.

The problem is the Coldwater River, which hasn't been dredged since 1972. The Coldwater drains a lot of North Mississippi and Tuesday's 4 inches of rain forced the river out of its banks.

Tuesday's 4 inches of rain washes out roads

For many who live in Marshall and DeSoto counties near Holly Springs Road, the flooded Coldwater River is making it extremely difficult for residents to get to work or commute through the neighborhood.

"I just wish they'd fix it," said one resident. "I've been living here since 1998 and looks like something could be done about it to fix that drainage."

On Wednesday Holly Springs Road, on the southern end of DeSoto County, was looking more like Holly Springs Lake than a road.

"All that water coming down from up east or from up north from wherever there, a lot of water be coming."
DeSoto County has been trying to get money for a new elevated bridge and money to dredge the river to stop the flooding. But that's been delayed in Jackson and Washington, D.C.

So with no money for improvements, the county has put up cattle gates to stop folks from driving the road when it floods.
"I say it's a bunch, about 2,000 folks. There's a bunch of people that stay around here."

"But it's really bad in the morning time when you get up to go to work and you can't get to work. Everybody has to go around the other way."
Holly Springs Road is the quickest way from Holly Springs or Cockrum to Hernando. The flooding has turned a short drive into a real headache, and nobody knows when the water will go down.
"But for right now they got to go all the way around Byhalia Road and hit 305 and come all the way back around just to get home."
"Wednesday morning I had to get my grandson in Hernando. Well, to get to Hernando I had to go 21 miles out of the way to Hernando when it is just eight miles from here."
"Some of them might complain, and some might not, but it beats getting drownded."

Estimates are that when Holly Springs Road is shut down for a week, it costs motorists around $145,000 in extra gas to get to work, or wherever they are going.

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