Alcorn County gets help for flood damage repairs

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Four of Alcorn County’s five supervisor districts will receive more than $125,000 of federal funds to shore up ditches and culverts damaged in May 2010 flooding.
Officials with the Natural Resources Conservation Service told county board members this week that six county projects qualify for emergency watershed protection, and the agency will contribute 85 percent of the cost to make the repairs, or up to $126,157.
Tom Heard of the Tupelo NRCS office and Sandy Mitchell, Alcorn County conservation staff member, explained that each supervisor has the option of using his own workers to complete the work, but it must be performed based on estimates prepared by NCRS engineers.
Projects that qualify for the program include:
* District 1, C.R. 192, total project cost $20,010.
* District 2, C.R. 265, two projects costing a total of $44,175.
* District 2, C.R. 352, total project cost $21,700.
* District 4, C.R. 617, total project cost $42,285.
* District 5, C.R. 609, total project cost $20,250.
The board passed a resolution presented by Mitchell that asks the Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District to assume the 15 percent match on behalf of the county, a total of $22,263.
Mitchell said she met with TRVWMD officials last week, and they are unable to take on additional projects with the heavy volume they are handling now, but indicated a willingness to help pay for the work to be done.
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com