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DeSoto Waiting for MDOT Money to Fix Flood Problems

Mississippi's Holly Springs Road cuts through three counties, but drivers often have to be rerouted because of water problems.
DESOTO COUNTY, MS (abc24.com) - Thousands drive on it each day, except when it's closed because of flooding. Mississippi's Holly Springs Road cuts through three counties, but drivers often have to be rerouted because of water problems.

DeSoto's supervisors are trying to fix the issues, but need the state's support.

"Holly Springs Road has been a thorn in DeSoto County's side for, well I'm 51, for about ten or 12 years now," says supervisor Harvey Lee. It's an expensive and messy thorn when it rains.

Last year the road washed out, taking weeks and costing thousands to repair. It was just one of many times it's flooded.

"Anybody that knows the way that's the way they're going to take," says driver Josh Lindsey. Desoto, Tate and Marshall County drivers use Holly Springs every day.

So no one likes it when the rain comes. "It costs tax payers mega bucks," says Lee, to fix and to take a detour. "Just gas revenue. When we were out for six weeks it cost residents $20,200 a day which turned out to be $141,000 a week. That's food on someone's table, their electric bill or a house note."

Even more frustrating for supervisor Lee, DeSoto has already set aside money to fix the road, but they can't start working.

DeSoto is still waiting to receive money from MDOT. Lawmakers promised to pay for 80% of the project last year. It's not clear what the hold up is.

"I'm keeping my fingers crossed," Lee says. "I'm not going to give up on it I can tell you that right now."


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