Several areas in Ocean Springs could see some much-needed drainage work being done soon. The issue of neighborhoods floods was discussed in a special meeting held at the Ocean Springs Civic Center Monday night.
For the Parktown neighborhood in Ocean Springs, heavy rainfall is more often than not a guarantee of a flash flood. It's been that way for quite some time, and Pamela Dalton has been dealing with it since she moved here in 1990.
"It's about time that they sit down and really think about doing something with the problems out here," said Dalton.
That's exactly what Alderman Mike Impey had in mind when he scheduled his second town hall meeting since being sworn in last summer. He understands that these problems aren't just affecting the Parktown area.
Arlene Thomson sees the rising waters at her house south of Highway 90.
"Every time it rains, I see water approach my backyard," said Thomson.
She blames outdated ditches and drainage pipes for the problem.
"It's just filled in so much, the water has no place to go except in my house," she said.
Impey has been hearing about these problems since he took his oath as Ward 6 alderman. He said even though living in a coastal area does increase the chance of flooding, there are some things that can be done to help.
A lot of the short-term fixes, such as digging better ditches and other small projects, can be done by the Public Works Department pretty easily. But, the timeline for larger repairs is broad.
"Hopefully, in some cases, it will be weeks. But in other cases, it will be months. And I know in some cases, you're probably looking at a year or two," said Impey.
Impey said long-term solutions will take more time to put into place because of getting designs and trying to acquire proper funding. But, he hopes some quick-fixes can be done soon to relieve most of the areas in his ward.