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$75K to help drain water out of 'Bullfrog Corner'

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HORN LAKE, Miss. (FOX13) -

Horn Lake in northern Mississippi is so prone to flooding the main intersection in town is known as "Bullfrog Corner."

Mayor Allen Latimer wants the water out. But as the city continues to work on the drainage problem, it continues to fight a natural tendency for water to drain to Horn Lake.

The city of Horn Lake and DeSoto County are taking some major steps forward to make sure the city doesn't catch so much water.

"The drainage has been an issue down here in Horn Lake for decades, yes sir," Mayor Latimer said.

"Our citizens have been flooded, our businesses have been flooded, so it has had an economic impact also," added Lee Caldwell, DeSoto County Supervisor.

City employees have begun clearing overgrowth in stretches of Cow Pen Creek to make it easier for water to get out.

"They want to get this water moved out of there, which by doing that is going to protect the county bridges," Lee said.

The county board of supervisors gave Horn Lake $75,000 Monday for the continued flood efforts because the flooding has heavily damaged two county bridges off Valley Brook and Meadow Brook roads.

Flooding and debris have caused bridge pilings to buckle to the point that school buses can't pass over the bridges to Horn Lake Elementary School. The buses have had to take an alternate route for the last year.
"They are working with the state on replacing the bridges, and unless we can get some relief to try to get some water out the work they were doing might affect the bridges in the future," Mayor Latimer said.
"We want to make sure we keep the debris and everything cleared out," Caldwell added.
The city is also worried about Horn Lake creek, keeping it clear of beaver dams and log jams. The creek winds like spaghetti and doesn't drain water easily.
"Because of Horn Lake Creek, and because of the water that flows as far back as from Stone Hedge, down here from the malls in Southaven, it all drains here," the mayor said.

Mayor Latimer said the city is in a low spot, in a river bottom, and the city is doing everything it can to fight Mother Nature to keep the water out.

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