Flash flooding impacts Jackson area businesses

Published: May. 9, 2019 at 8:40 PM CDT
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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Areas around Terry Road in Jackson battled flash flooding for much of Thursday morning. The Popeyes parking lot had water rushing through it and even flowing in through the back door.

“The creek in the back," explained Popeyes manager Crystal Rossell. "It floods. That’s why. There’s a creek down on the end behind our store and when it floods, we flood. And it also knocked out gate down. Our gate is somewhere down the road.”

Cars that had already been parked were unable to pass through. And water was higher than ankle deep in the back by the drive through.

Employees say it’s the norm when there are heavy rains but it rises quickly.

“It comes like over our ankles. It’s high.”

The auto shop employees next door thought it would be better this go-around.

“The city was out here yesterday but they cleaned it up real good on this end and got the ditch looking good. I don’t know where all that other stuff is coming from.”

There are similar questions on Lakeward Drive. Part of the New Summit School’s Administration and Families First for Mississippi buildings flooded. And they say it’s not the first time. They’ve built up platforms for air conditioners, hired crews to clean out the culverts, built a retaining wall and taken all precautions they knew to take.

“We’ve talked and begged the city to help us because we’ve spent already several hundred thousand dollars trying to fix what’s on our property but we can’t fix all the public property and the damage that is taking place 100 acres before us," said Dr. Nancy New. "We’re just catching that public property problem.”

Water runs through culverts and a ditch that crosses into the facility’s property and then flows into Mayes Lake. Despite clearing the area and building retention walls, the water got into the buildings today. ServiceMaster started working immediately to dry out carpets in the administration building. But some water also got into the New Summit cafeteria.

“We’re not complaining so much,' New said. "We’re begging for help from the city.”

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and Councilman De’Keither Stamps have since contacted New Summit to see how they can begin discussions on improvements.

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