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Corinth to make drainage improvements

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 4/29/2013 7:02 pm
CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) -- David Latch operates the Corinth Nursery and Garden Center on Polk Street.

While rain would appear to be a welcomed site for someone who sells flowers, it's not always a good thing.

"If that ditch stops up over there, we're going down here. Everything goes away," Latch said.

He says over the past 22 years, it's flooded his business 20 times.

"It takes 3,4,5 days to get everything back in order after a flood like that," Latch added.

Corinth Street Commissioner Phillip Verdung says even a light rain can wreak havoc on low-lying areas.

"Several buildings, residences and businesses alike have flooded in excess of 20 times that I'm aware of. Even a moderate rain can have a great damaging affect on these property owners," Verdung said.

Help is on the way in the form of a $4.1 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

The city of Corinth will add $1 million to that figure to replace infrastructure in the two of the most severe flood-prone areas.

"I think it will really help Corinth and help the value of the property and it will improve our city greatly," Baxter James said.

Downstream we find Milton Sandy, Jr. who is the Elam Creek Drainage District Chairman. He is among those who have fought to have drainage canals cleared of trees and other debris.

He sees this grant and the city stepping up with additional funds as another victory.

"Those kind of problems are very expensive to correct and so we're looking forward to that grant being part of solving some of those upstream problems as well as reducing the flood waters which would otherwise flow down the creek," Sandy said.

The infrastructure improvement projects will likely begin with the next two years.
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