(DeSoto County, MS) Raul Neyra worries every time it rains.
He says even a relatively moderate rain can flood his whole backyard with a couple of feet of water, ”Real bad, it’s like a lake in the back portion of my property. The culverts on the street just aren’t able to handle all the water.”
He says water tends to back up badly here, because it has no place to go.
County leaders say it’s because neighbors downstream aren’t keeping drainage ditches and culverts clear of debris, meaning there’s no place for the water to go.
Every time it rains, all kinds of debris can get washed into culverts, causing water to back up.
County Supervisors say they periodically come in and clean up some problems, but not when it happens on private property.
Supervisors have voted to have the county engineer take a look at the problem and estimate how much it will cost to fix it.
Meantime, the County Attorney says property owners who have faulty culverts or pipes on their property can be assessed the cost of cleanup, if it’s found they’re causing a problem.
Supervisors hope to take the steps necessary to get onto some of the private property here to fix the problems as a public safety and health issue.
Board Members say they’ll take action as soon as they hear back from the County Engineer.