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HERNANDO, Miss. (FOX13) -

It is estimated that 12,000 who travel Holly Springs Road in DeSoto County, Miss., daily between Hernando and Holly Springs.

That is, unless it floods.

Which it does. A lot.

If you are expecting a new bridge through that flood prone area, don't hold your breath.

DeSoto County had a solution to alleviate the flooding problem on Holly Springs Road. They had plans for a new bridge that is until state and federal funding washed away.

"It's going to be a major undertaking and without the state and federal dollars we're not going to get it done," said DeSoto County Supervisor Harvey Lee.

Lee said money earmarked for the $12 million project went away a few years back.

Every time the road floods, drivers travel on average an extra 27 miles out of the way and spend hundreds of thousands of extra  dollars on gasoline. That angers them.

"Well, when we close it down they have to go around it to come to Hernando," Lee said. "The gas prices right now I can understand it's around 35 to 40 miles just coming from the county line, just to get to Hernando. Do that twice and you are looking at an 80-mile trip instead of a 15-mile trip."

Wednesday morning the bridge over the Coldwater River was reopened as the water receded from Tuesday's deluge of rain that crossed through the Mid-South. Holly Springs Road had been shut down for 12 hours due to Tuesday's cold flooding rain.

County workers directed traffic while log jams, that had caused part of the flooding, were removed.

Supervisors say one of the problems is the river has not been dredged sine the early 1970s and it is so full of sand and debris that water can't pass under the Coldwater River Bridge. So the bridge acts more like a dam.

"If they would just come and help us dredge it out, you can see the sand is near the bridge you can see it with the muddy water," Lee said.

So until the State of Mississippi and the feds come up with their portion of the money for the new bridge every time it floods motorists will have to make the 27-mile trip around.

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