BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Major damage to a common roadway is causing drivers in Booneville to take alternate routes.
"It is rough. It is bad," said Booneville resident Jimmy King. "It's pretty well busy because there is a lot of people that come through here."
A large hole formed in a portion of Hatchie Street. Police Chief Michael Ramey says the damage occurred due to a washed out culvert.
Mayor Chris Lindley says the city's main concern were two gas lines that are exposed. After an inspection by gas and water crews, it was determined there are no gas leaks.
"Now, we have to see what size culvert can go back into the ditch so we can do repairs," says Lindley.
However, as we expect more rain showers, repairs could be delayed.
"We're hoping it doesn't wash any further, but at this point we just have to wait until the weather stops and see what kind of repairs need to be done," says Lindley. He adds a city engineer checked out the site the morning after it happened.
Right now, city officials are working to figure out how to go about these repairs. Lindley says he hopes crews are able to being construction next week.
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