- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - Hernando will tap bond money to fix drainage problems at flood-plagued Montclair subdivision.

The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/1tiBzi6 ) aldermen have authorized city engineer Joe Frank Lauderdale to prepare to seek bids for work at Montclair, where stormwater flooding has been a regular, ruinous event since 2009.

Homeowner association president Frank Kent says the city blames faulty design by the developer’s engineer that didn’t allow for runoff from surrounding areas in West Hernando.

Lauderdale says his initial estimate to fix the problem is about $100,000. He says funds are available through a $200,000 bond called by the city after the developer went bankrupt amid the recession and housing market meltdown.

Mayor Chip Johnson said Thursday the city will look at legal action to recover costs from the Montclair engineer.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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