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Drainage project could solve flooding problem

Since August, the city has been working to clear out some of the debris that causes backups and creates flooding. Since August, the city has been working to clear out some of the debris that causes backups and creates flooding.

(WMC-TV) – An ongoing drainage project in Horn Lake aims to solve flooding problems on streets and even in some residents' homes.

This past spring, a downpour caused Cowpen Creek and other nearby streams to swell.

Since August, the city has been working to clear out some of the debris that causes backups and creates flooding.

Residents hope it is a success, and they may find out Thursday because the Action News 5 storm tracking team is predicting periods of heavy rain for the area.

"Water comes up and you get a whole swimming hole through the street," said Jeff Lizak, who has dealt with problems caused by the flooding firsthand.

A stream behind Lizak's house spilled inside during a torrential downpour last spring, ruining his carpet.

"It took out my bedroom. It took out the hallway," he said.

Lizak has taken notice of the work the City of Horn Lake has been doing since the summer. Crews have been cleaning out the debris that has created backups and flooding.

"Any debris that is floating down, it would just catch on one of those little saplings and make almost like a dam," said Horn Lake Mayor Allen Latimer.

The flooding in Horn Lake has caused issues for neighbors downstream in the county, too. Recently, DeSoto County leaders teamed up with the city to maintain the ditches that can create havoc for people like Lizak.

Flooding has been an issue in the city for decades. There is still plenty of work to do along other creeks and bridges, but Mayor Allen Latimer is confident that the community's concerns will wash away soon.

"There are beaver dams in here, a lot of trash, a lot of debris, and this is just cleaning our ditches out and hopefully when the water comes it will move on down," said the mayor.

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