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Heavy rain leads to flooding in streets
by Brant Sappington
Sep 21, 2013 | 47 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
More than four inches of heavy rainfall brought flooding to streets throughout Corinth Friday night, but no major damage was reported from the deluge.

Corinth Street Commissioner Phillip Verdung said water covered streets in several areas with the most severe flooding found on Harper Road near the Alcorn County Justice Center where as much as a foot of water stood in the road from the west entrance to the Crossroads Arena to the middle entrance to the Justice Center.

Waters also rose along Oak Lane, under the city’s railroad underpasses, and along the unnamed creek that crosses Bunch, Foot, Waldron, Cruise, Proper and Wick streets. The parking lot of Harper Square Mall was also briefly underwater.

Verdung said he has seen rainfall estimates of as much as 4.9 inches overnight and believes the area averaged around 4 inches with as much as 6 inches falling in some locations.

Street Department workers were out until around 5 a.m. Saturday morning clearing debris and making certain all roads were passable.

While the waters rose during the heaviest period of rainfall, they also receded quickly when the rain let up, said the commissioner. He said improvements to drainage in the city and intense efforts by the street department and others to keep problem areas clear have clearly paid off by lessening the impact of severe weather systems like that seen Friday.

He said several areas that would have normally flooded in the past stayed clear and the areas that did see high water when drainage was overwhelmed by the high volume cleared very quickly indicating drainage has improved.

Verdung said the city continues to aggressively focus on improving and maintaining drainage routes to reduce the risk of future flooding problems.
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