Horn Lake to leave no stone unturned in flooding fight

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HORN LAKE, Miss. -- Martha Perez says you can still feel the grit from inches of water and dirt that filled her hair salon last week.

”Yes, there was water. Then Friday I came in and there was like dirt and mud and stuff so it was really bad," she said.

Horn Lake Mayor Allen Latimer said it flooded in places it never did before in Horn Lake.

He’s already consulted with the Horn Lake Creek Drainage Commission to see what it and the city can do to prevent more problems.

”They have studies, we have studies from previous administrations but they’re beyond the financial capabilities of the drainage commission and us," he said.

And that presents perhaps a bigger hurdle than the flood.

Horn Lake has one big problem: Horn Lake Creek, the city’s major drainage canal, runs south to north and into Tennessee. Mississippi can do whatever it wants, but it won’t have any effect unless somebody does some work across the state line.

But that’s not going to stop Latimer, who says he’s got the support of Mississippi’s governor.

"Horn Lake Creek is a problem," Gov.Phil Bryant said last week.

Latimer says he feels like a quarterback at fourth down and ten to go. But he intends to put pressure wherever he can to help.

”We’re gonna ask our state legislative delegation to please come out, support Governor Bryant in his efforts and we’re gonna ask our congressional delegation," he said.

Because he says Horn Lake has too much to lose to threatening flood-waters.

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