In Carroll County, heavy rains caused a mudslide at the corner of Washington and College Streets in Carrollton and flooding on roads throughout the county. According to supervisors and Sheriff Clint Walker, county officials were hard at work making sure the roads were safe for travel.
Supervisor Claude Fluker reported to The Conservative that a resident on County Road 148 had to be evacuated from her home Tuesday due to heavy flooding around her home. Fluker said water was almost to her doorstep by mid-day Tuesday.
Supervisor Jim Neill said there was between six inches to a foot of water on County Road 85 close to McCarley. He said the road is closed to the backside of Lake Traderhorn, and it was a concern to make sure residents that lived on the road were okay.
Walker said the Mississippi Department of Transportation was busy Tuesday digging out a drain that began to overflow and flood the road.
North Carrollton Mayor Ken Strachan said water was across both lanes of the west bound lanes.
“MDOT was called to open up the drains and the water receded,” Strachan said. “The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, Constable Joe Holman and the Mississippi Highway Patrol worked traffic on Highway 82 while MDOT opened up the drainage.”
The Carroll County School District dismissed students at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday due to the rain.
With rain in Carroll County, road conditions become a concern. Walker said his department had received numerous reports of roads that were flooded, and he cautioned people to slow down and use caution when driving in this weather.
Fluker said he had a problem with a blown culvert on County Road 53 and has seen washouts and mudslides in most of his beat. He said Black Hawk has been the hardest hit area dealing with mudslides, and Coila has been the hardest hit area dealing with washouts.
“The culvert will have to be replaced,” Fluker said. He said it’s going to take some time to fix all of the washouts throughout the beat. “When the rain quits, we’ll have to get on it.”
Strachan said there was a washout on County Road 177, east of Highway 430 near Vaiden. He said the section between County Road 177 between Highway 430 and County Road 220 is closed.
He also said there had been water over County Road 183 in the Centerville community, and there was water crossing the road on Highway 17 North Wednesday near J.Z. George High School Football Field. And water across County Road 214 near the Duck Hill exit in Carroll County.
Strachan said In Beat 4, County Road 53 between County Roads 56 and 57 will be closed for a few weeks and a bridge on County Road 376 in Beat 3 is under water.
In Carrollton, Mayor Pam Lee said she had spoken with Supervisor Terry Brown Wednesday morning about the mudslide on Washington Street near Carroll Academy. Officials reported Tuesday afternoon that the embankment at the corner of Washington and College streets had gave way due to the heavy rains.
“We have agreed to close the road in that area until further notice. I have talked with Ms. Penny Mitchell and she is in agreement,” Lee said.
In North Carrollton, Strachan said workers have been working to unstop culverts due to the flooding. “When I surveyed the drainage Tuesday and that night, there was an excess with it being heavy amounts of rain at one time for many culverts,” he said. “This brought leaves and debris that we are working on to get the water flow under control.”