Columbus City Council unanimously voted Monday night to begin the application process for two federal hazard mitigation grants to address flooding damages.
Since she moved to her home near the end of 22nd Street North, Columbus in 1977, Mary Erby has always had a problem with her drainage whenever there’s heavy rainfall.
In recent years, she said, it’s getting worse.
Days and days of heavy rain have created a dilemma for authorities managing dams along swollen rivers in Mississippi and Tennessee. The water has to be released eventually, worsening the flooding for people living downstream.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency Saturday amid predictions that a river running in the area around the state capital of Jackson could burst its banks and spark widespread flooding.
Most of the time, Tommy and Kay Jones, who live at the end of Bigbee Loop right on the Tennessee-Tombigbee River, go to the river.
But on occasion, Tommy said Thursday, the river comes to them.
When Carl Froshour’s property where Spurlock Road meets the Tombigbee River south of Columbus was inundated with 18 feet of floodwater in February, the waters receded within a week.
The after-effects did not.
After an April storm, the city recorded flooding on 30 of its streets. By then, the city’s year-to-date rainfall had almost doubled as city officials and residents alike wondered what could be done.
Repairs and cleanup following the prolonged flooding along the Mississippi River will cost more than $2 billion, an advocacy group for river communities said Tuesday.
Faced with weeks more flooding in a part of Mississippi that’s been underwater since February, one of the state’s U.S. senators on Wednesday asked President Donald Trump to order temporary pumps to the area to begin pumping water over the levee and into the already-swollen Mississippi River.
It’s been a historic year for rainfall in Starkville.
The city has been bombarded by heavy rains through the winter and spring, including a series of significant rain events in April that led to flooding throughout town.