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DeSoto County roads will get upgrades to reduce flooding

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The county road department says several ditches in the western part of the county are filled with debris, causing the flood problems when it starts to rain. The county road department says several ditches in the western part of the county are filled with debris, causing the flood problems when it starts to rain.
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DESOTO COUNTY, MS -

(WMC-TV) - Several roads in DeSoto County are getting upgrades in an effort to help reduce flooding.

The county road department says several ditches in the western part of the county are filled with debris, causing the flood problems when it starts to rain. On Monday, the department voted to fix the problem.

Last month, a storm moved through the area bringing a downpour with it.

Brenda Smith remembers her sister's car being swept away by the massive amount of water.

"The water had pushed the car up, pushed it over in the ditch and flipped it over here and over there," said Smith.

Following the storm, county leaders surveyed the problem and supervisors voted to do something about it.

"What happens is a lot of this debris gets washed against the culverts and then the water doesn't have anywhere to go, so it goes through people's yards and across roads and everything," explained DeSoto County Supervisor Jessie Medlin.

Workers will start clearing the mess out of ditches along Church Road, Star Landing Road, and Horn Lake Road.

"That would be great, because we don't want to see that again. The water should be in the ditch and not over the road, not like that," said Smith. "We hadn't had that, oh, it's been 30 years since that happened."

The estimated cost of the combined projects is expected to be less than $50,000.

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