Southaven declares state of emergency after flooding | News
DESOTO COUNTY, MS- (WMC-TV) - The city of Southaven declared a state of emergency after flooding in the area Tuesday.
Many frustrated people spent Wednesday cleaning up water covered areas. They are asking Southaven leaders to find a solution.
Tonya Lee's family is busy doing some spring cleaning after floodwaters filled their home.
"Five feet or so, or maybe six feet on the outside, and on the inside of the house it got up as much as four feet," said Lee.
Water remains in clothes and on carpets.
"You can see how high it came up with the dirt filling right there," said Lee.
Lee said it happened several times before. She blames the lack of drainage from the area that includes a ditch near her house.
Mayor Greg Davis' office was bombarded with phone calls from people with similar problems.
"I declared an emergency declaration, I'm filling out all the paperwork with [Mississippi Emergency Management Agency]. MEMA's already been up here today, and we're collecting all the data concerning any houses that were flooded that we have," said Davis
Davis hopes flooding in areas like Lee's home will subside once they start widening Elmore Road, which he hopes begins this summer.
Lee hopes the city will look at the drainage while they wait to hear if they qualify for state assistance.
"This is like the 8th or 9th time that my mom's house has been flooded out."
If you have damage to your home in Southaven and have not reported it, the mayor said to do that so that your name will be included on the list they send to MEMA.
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