Flooding in Renova being studied
by Rory Doyle
Jan 25, 2013 | 2477 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Severe flooding occurred around Third Street north of Copper Street in Renova last week in response to the heavy rains that plagued the Delta.
Severe flooding occurred around Third Street north of Copper Street in Renova last week in response to the heavy rains that plagued the Delta.
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Substantial flooding in Renova couldn’t have come at a worse time following the heavy rains, wind and the mini ice storm that rocked the Delta last week.

Rainfall prior to the ice had already saturated the ground, leaving little room for the flash floods to recede.

The most severe overflow occurred around Third Street north of Copper Street as water worked its way across streets, ditches and yards.

Multiple homeowners experienced water creep within inches of their houses.

Mayor Elbert Scott said storm water has always been a problem in this particular area and it reached a peak last week.

"We declared a state of emergency and tried to get help from MEMA and FEMA," said Scott. "I've lived in Renova my whole life and for 63 years this has been one of the worst areas I've seen.

"It took a few days for the water to go down," added Scott. "This is Delta and the flatlands — sometimes water has nowhere to go and it just sits there after storms."

According to Scott, the ditches and channels leading out of town are blocked with dirt and overgrowth, which greatly contributed to the problem.

Scott said he is working diligently with a variety of agencies to resolve the issue before another weather pattern repeats the damage.

He has reached out for help from the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors, Bolivar County Emergency Management Agency, MEMA, FEMA, MDOT, the Army Corps of Engineers and even Rep. Bennie Thompson.

"We're working hard to fix this. Collectively we'll get something done," said Scott.

BCEMA Director Bill Quinton said there's a chance MEMA could support the town with a pump system to improve flow.

"MEMA could possibly assist by installing mitigation pumps," said Quinton. "The job would cost a lot of money and would require a grant writer to get help with that."

Bolivar County District 4 Supervisor James McBride said the county is working closely with Renova to assist in a solution.

"The board will be there to support Renova in whatever approach they intend to take," said McBride. "We can assist whether it's short term or long term and we've been in consultation about this issue everyday since the flooding."

McBride added the county would do its best to help with the physical repairs — opening trenches, cutting branches and clearing ditches.

"Citizens of Renova should know that the county will help in any way we can, as we always have," said McBride.