Southwest Tupelo drainage problems evaluated after heavy rain Friday

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Tupelo Public Works director Sid Russell, right, inspected flooding Friday on Rollingwood Drive.

Tupelo Public Works director Sid Russell, right, inspected flooding Friday on Rollingwood Drive.

By Robbie Ward
Daily Journal

TUPELO –Tupelo Public Works employees look for answers today related to drainage problems in the southwest part of the city that resulted in more than two feet of water along a city street during flash flooding last week.

Sid Russell, director of Tupelo Public Works, said employees today will evaluate the drainage system along Rollingwood Drive and Southern Heights Road. During flash flooding through the region on Friday, the intersection of the two streets flooded, while part of Rollingwood flooded at more than two feet high, causing a school bus to turn around and water to come just few feet short of reaching front doors of houses on the street.

“This morning we have crews out looking at possible solutions for that problem,” said Russell, who observed flooding along the street on Friday.

Russell said a drainage culvert crossing Southern Heights Road near Rollingwood didn’t appear Friday to flow at full capacity.

Many areas in Northeast Mississippi reported of temporary flooding Friday after heavy rains led to flash flooding.

robbie.ward@journalinc.com