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Huge landslide could take longer than expected to fix

Construction workers, The Mississippi Department of Transportation and Tupelo Water & Light are still working on fixing a large landslide in Mooreville.

Posted: Mar. 27, 2018 10:49 PM
Updated: Mar. 28, 2018 9:20 AM

MOOREVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Construction workers, The Mississippi Department of Transportation and Tupelo Water & Light are still working on fixing a large landslide in Mooreville. 

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"We have plans ready to do the work to repair that slide and to have a contract in place," MDOT District Construction Engineer Jamie McDonald said. 

McDonald said the city has to finish rerouting a water line on Highway 178 before MDOT can fix the highway. 

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Many wide cracks still trail the road and water still leaks from the pipeline. 

Last month the city asked residents to conserve water because of that pipeline problem. 

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Although the road is closed, MDOT and the city says residents who live in the area can drive through to get to their homes. 

However, some residents are concerned that it's more than just people who live there. 

"It may have road closed but it doesn't stop the traffic any," Resident Mary Arnold said. 

Arnold said she has witnessed many cars speed down the road even though it says it's closed. 

"I haven't seen it this bad out there before but I have seen it bad."

Tupelo, Water & Light says construction workers should be done adding the new pipeline by Wednesday but the rain could push it back. 

MDOT says it could be as long as May before it could complete the road project. 
 

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