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Corinth fights flooding

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 12/06/2013 7:12 pm
CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) -- It's a race against time and the elements for Corinth city workers who are trying to prevent flooding due to the recent rains.

"We're always concerned about localized flooding," Street Commissioner Phillip Verdung said.

That's why public works employees were deep in the trenches of an old drainage ditch Friday.

It was full of leaves and other debris which had to be shoveled out one scoop at a time.

It rained hard back in 2010 causing a Corinth shopping center to flood along with scores of homes and a nearby public housing development.

"There's been a lot of work done to open these drainage canals, a lot of work done on some of your smaller culvert systems and drainage systems," Verdung added.

But the rain continued to pour, pushing high water through cluttered tunnels. Those same tunnels were overwhelmed in 2010.

Not far away we found David Latch. He's no stranger to flooding. His business flooded 21 years in a row until recent drainage improvements were made.

"I can wake up in the morning and not worry about my business being underneath water," Latch said.

There was another worry ahead — the potential for ice.

"If you don't have power, you can't keep your greenhouses warm," Latch added.

He planned to pull an all-nighter with a generator close by.

A long night was also ahead for the Corinth Public Works Department.

"I think the greatest concern today is what the temperature is going to do, how quickly things will freeze after the rain stops or if it even stops at all," Verdung said.

Verdung says crews will be on the streets Friday night and early Saturday in search of ice.
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