Flooding Damages Homes at Hallum Estates

Flooding Damages Homes at Hallum Estates

Residents of a DeSoto County subdivision were once again faced with flood damage after Tuesday night's storms.
DESOTO COUNTY, MS (abc24.com) - Residents of a DeSoto County subdivision were once again faced with flood damage after Tuesday night's storms.

Their neighborhood floods so often, homeowners have clean up down to a routine.

Residents of Hallum Estates have complained about water issues for the past decade. This week, over a dozen homes once again flooded. Many residents are wondering if their water problems will ever stop.

"We woke up to stepping into water in our bedroom because firefighters were knocking on our door trying to let us know our subdivision was underwater and our house could be," Ruth Carpenter says. Three inches of water rose in her home early Wednesday morning.

"In our whole house. We've been up since 12:30," her husband Glen tells abc24.com. "Trying to dry things up," Ruth adds.

Unfortunately, it's not the first time the couple's been through this.

Their living room furniture is stacked in the garage; the bedroom's belongings in the kitchen.

Neighbors are cleaning up too. The Carpenter's home is one of about 15 that repeatedly floods in Hallum Estates.

"This is ridiculous. It's not an act of nature. It's the way they developed this subdivision," Ruth says. "They come, they look: the code enforcement, the city, the state."

But the flooding never stops.

"Just last year we finally got someone out here from county to survey it," Gary says.

In October, the county announced plans to study why flooding happens and ways to fix the problem. But no work has been done.

Meanwhile, residents are dealing with yet another flood and another clean up.

"You've got to do something about this," Gary says. "Nobody's neighborhood floods twice a year for 11 years."

Engineers are building a computer model to determine the best way to fight flooding.

DeSoto's road department manager says it will be several months before that model is finished and they can start working on a solution.


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