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County supervisor says Yalobusha River is the cause of flooding

Many residents in Calhoun are dealing with flooding issues and one county supervisor says rain is not the reason.

Posted: Feb 12, 2020 6:25 PM
Updated: Feb 12, 2020 7:07 PM

CALHOUN COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - Many people in Calhoun County are dealing with severe flooding of thier yards and the roadways.

The district 4 supervisor in Calhoun, Barney Wade, says the rain is not the cause of the rising waters.

According to Wade, the reason for the flooding in the area is due to the over flow of the Yalobusha River. 

The river flows through three counties, Calhoun, Chickasaw, and Yalobusha.

According to Wade, the back up of the river begins near Big Creek, where residents are seeing a lot of flooding.

Wade says this has caused the rain water that would normally run off into the river and flow correctly, to now, rising up onto the banks and into nearby areas.

"That is the biggest problem, they are not being maintained and are filling with logs and sediment. The water can't get off because it is like a cork in a bottle; the water cannot be released off in a timely manner", says Wade.

Wade says that county engineers cannot do work in this area, instead they need help from the federal government.

Wade says that he has been in contact with Congressman Trent Kelly's officer and is hoping for some help from the U.S. Army's Corps of Engineers.

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