- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - DeSoto County is asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for $500,000 to determine its flood protection needs for fiscal 2016.

The Commercial Appeal reports (https://bit.ly/1Bfp8sH) the county wants to partner with the Corps of Engineers through its Memphis district for improvements under the ongoing Memphis Metro Stormwater Management Authorization program.

The letter to the Corps of Engineers said in DeSoto, “rapid urbanization is having negative impacts on water quality, ecosystems and stormwater runoff.” Also, “many areas affected by this rapid urbanization have experienced continual flooding that has required emergency declarations” from local agencies coping with “repetitive” damage.

County Supervisor Bill Russell of Walls said a good example is flood-prone Holly Springs Road, a major east-west artery linking DeSoto and Marshall counties. Russell said the county for years has been seeking road improvements; the estimated cost is $16 million to $20 million.

The county’s required commitment for the Corps of Engineer’s partnership is $25,000, “to show we’ve got some skin in the game,” said Supervisor Mark Gardner of Southaven.

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

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