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Starkville has issues with clogged storm drains, cites contractors

Starkville cited contractors for improper maintenance of their sites leading to backed-up storm drains.

Posted: Jun 6, 2019 5:54 PM
Updated: Jun 7, 2019 9:12 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Starkville has issues with some of its storm drains filling up with debris.

Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill said it's largely due to the heavy rains in past months, but the drains are especially backed up near construction sites.

The Municipal Court held hearings Thursday morning after the city issued citations to contractors for backed up storms drains.

Spruill said some contractors who do not maintain their sites properly have large volumes of silt and sediment clogging the storm drains.

The city has an ordinance that requires contractors to have silt fences on their construction sites to keep storm drains clear.

If storm drains are backed up, normal amounts of rain would quickly flood that area.

At a board of aldermen work session, City Engineer Edward Kemp showed video of the Country Club Estates' storm drains filled with silt and sediment.

Spruill said the purpose of the ordinance is to make sure contractors know the significance of maintaining their sites.

She said the judge retired their cases to the file for two years in the Thursday morning hearings. If contractors get another violation, they will be fined.

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