Monday's storm system that ravaged Oklahoma with that destructive EF-5 tornado, dumped heavy rains on the mid south last night, causing flash flooding across the tri-state region.
Residents in a Horn Lake, Miss., neighborhood say they're fed up after at least 4 inches of rainwater damaged their property for the second time this year.
Many of them just replaced water-damaged property inside their homes after heavy rains caused flash flooding in January. Residents are asking the city of Horn Lake to take action and fix the drainage system.
But even that might not help.
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Antoinette Jones says she didn't sleep Tuesday night as she watched water move from the drainage ditch behind her house into her backyard, through her house, into the front yard, and swallowing up her car.
"We couldn't leave, we couldn't do anything but stay in one room," she said. "We were all in the front room."
Rain damaged several homes in Jones' Horn Lake neighborhood, which is off Goodman Road on Dunbarton Drive, leaving lots of work to be done to make the homes livable.
"Gutting it four-foot up, getting all the mold out and put it back together," said Donald Thompson, of National Home Service.
It's the second time this year Jones' neighbors are cleaning up, because the drainage system in their neighborhood can't handle heavy rains.
"it's terrible, especially with the ditch in the back," she said. "I have called Horn Lake several times and they have not done anything about it. The only thing they can say, 'we can come out and clean it up,' but they haven't done that."
Spencer Shields with the city of Horn Lake said crews typically work on ditches twice a year, but have not been able to clean out the overgrown drainage ditches because the ground is too wet to get the equipment in. Once they clear out the ditches it won't be a guaranteed fix.
"Even after we get all the ditches cleaned and fixed, during a five-inch rain, they probably will still flood," Shields said. "But they are in a flood plain and that's why they are required to have flood insurance."
"Not once they told us we were in a flood zone. Not once," Jones refuted. She and many of her neighbors say they don't have flood insurance because they weren't aware they were in a flood zone.
Without flood insurance, they're forced to make repairs with their own money. Jones says she's still holding out hope the city will do something more to prevent flash flooding.
"I'm trying to give Horn Lake the benefit of the doubt to do something," she said.
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