Apr. 16 -- TUPELO -- Lee County leaders are moving to shore up local infrastructure damaged by recent flooding.
On Monday, the Board of Supervisors agreed to request bids for a bridge repair on County Road 684, ditch repair along County Road 1554 and for new pilings to shore up headwalls on Country 1498 and Country 1451.
The county has also approved about $53,000 in additional spending on efforts to construct an access road at a proposed new business park on Tupelo's west side. The proposed business park is called the Hive.
The extra money in the construction contract will be used to repair erosion linked to recent rainfall.
An Appalachian Regional Commission grant is paying for the access road construction at the Hive. The grant will be sufficient to cover the additional construction costs, said Chancery Clerk Bill Benson, who is county administrator right now,
Lee County Road Manager Tim Allred said the repairs he is about to begin are needed because of erosion and other problems caused by heavy rains within the last month or so.
There has been no federal disaster declaration related to recent flooding events, but local officials continue to proceed in the hopes that such a declaration will be issued.
If that happens, Lee County will receive money from FEMA to help pay for the road repairs listed above.
After a recent meeting with FEMA inspectors, Allred said he has at least some confidence that a federal disaster declaration will occur.
"They gave me that optimism that there will be one," Allred said. "If there isn't one, we'll be out a lot of money."
According to Allred, the county has spent at least $30,000 already on flooding recovery.
Benson said he's received no word about when FEMA might make a decision about a disaster declaration.
"We're just waiting on them," Benson said.
This article is written by Caleb Bedillion from Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.