Southaven Community Battling Sinkholes, Flooding

Southaven Community Battling Sinkholes, Flooding

A Southaven subdivision is being taken over by sink holes and flooding. Neighbors are fed up, but the city is promising action.
SOUTHAVEN, MS (abc24.com) - A Southaven subdivision is being taken over by sink holes and flooding. Neighbors are fed up, but the city is promising action.

People who live in Carriage Hills Estates say sink holes are an all too common sight.

"I fell in the backyard about five years ago on one of the little areas and broke my leg so I've got screws and plates on both sides of my left leg," one resident, Cindy, tells abc24.com. "I do not go in my backyard, I don't - You can ask anyone that knows me. I don't."

Residents of Carriage Hills Estates have adapted to living with sinkholes, but they're tired of the problem.

"Seven years, since I've been here; they look like possibly the size of a garbage dumpster."

More than two dozen neighbors complained to Southaven city leaders about the problems with the holes and flooding.

Resident W.L. Walker points to one sinkhole that's caused constant problems, "The water coming down basically from up there, down through there. This whole thing floods into the house."

W. L. Walker's daughter has dealt with flooding for two decades. "They've had water in the floor in there, I'd say probably a half a dozen occasions."

Some neighbors have tried to remedy the situation themselves

Cindy says, "We just put 80 bags of concrete underneath the house to support it because there was a hug hole, it's very expensive."

Others have gone to the city before, but without luck. They're hoping this time will be different.

Walker says, "They've done some stuff but it still has not solved the problem."

The city has now commissioned a drainage study. It costs around $20,000 and will take about a month to complete.

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