SOUTHAVEN, MS (abc24.com) - Southaven neighbors are tired of dealing with water problems. They say the roads and their homes flood too often. This week the city will start work to fix the issue. For residents, it's long overdue.
"It was horrible. When we moved here everything was fine, then we had the flood and it's gone downhill," says Renee Young.
Ask about flooding in Southaven's Autumn Woods neighborhood, and you'll hear the stories.
"The whole cove was underwater," says neighbor Lamonte Moncrief.
Dozens of houses were flooded about six years ago.
Residents are happy the city's starting construction this week to fix the drainage problems, but "it's taken them so long to do it," says Young. "I just don't understand why because it's been so long since that happened. They did come out, did a few little things."
Young says the roads still flood. "When it rains and it doesn't have to be real heavy," she says. "Swinnea's flooded out sometimes."
"As far as any problems recently I haven't noticed any," says Moncrief. "Of course could be as dry as this summer's been."
The city will be rerouting traffic for construction over the next two weeks.
Parts of Swinnea will be closed from Wednesday through Monday. Crews will then close sections of Rasco from July 30 to August 5th.
It's a temporary imposition, but neighbors are looking forward to the work.
"Probably a lot of people aren't going to notice it except for the road closures," says Moncrief.
Detour signs are being installed. The roads shouldn't be closed very long. The entire project will take a few months to complete.