NETTLETON, Miss. (WTVA) -- James Shumpert moved to a northeast Nettleton neighborhood 60 years ago.
There have been numerous times over the years when it looked more like the Gulf Coast than rural Mississippi.
"It looked like an ocean down here," Shumpert said.
Drainage is a big issue on Maple Street.
"Well, it's (water) has been in all these homes one time except...the highest one."
Mayor R.V. Adams said he is sensitive to these problems. He used to live in the neighborhood.
Adams is proud of the progress being made to replace culverts and driveways. The $339,000 project is 80 percent complete.
"It's been pretty bad over the years. It's a lot of flooding, and certain people every time it comes a big rain, the yards will flood. I lived there for a number of years since the 50s and witnessed this firsthand," Adams said.
Adams said the grant will cover the cost of the entire project.
"We have approximately 2,000 people, and they just couldn't afford to pay the taxes to do this stuff. It's so expensive, and that's where these state and federal grants really come in to play," he added.
Another project will soon be in the works.
The city is going to clean out a tunnel which runs under the city. Old trees and debris will be cleared from the tunnel, which dates back to the 1920s.