Some people lost farm crops, others their homes and businesses. These are people from the Rolling Fork Community, which was heavely affected by spring rains and summer flooding that lasted for months. The water stayed high so long there was no time to replant crops and the damage to many homes and businesses is irreparable. I can only imagine the emotions these people are wrestling with knowing that a pump project perposed years ago could have significantly reduced the effects of this years flooding. On Monday evening residents had a chance to hear from the agency that axed the original project to reduce backwater flooding, they also had plenty of questions for the Enviornmental Protection Agency representatives that were on hand. By the way the EPA is the agency that nixed the project citing an adverse enviornmental impact on areas. Mary Walker , EPA Region IV Administrator said her office had heard from a lot of people regarding the pumps, including Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith. At the end of the night residents just wanted to know if the EPA would reconsider their 2008 decision not to build the pumps. Walker’s response was her agency is looking at all the information and tools available, and working very closely with the Corps of Engineers to find a way to desl with the flooding problem. No doubt action can’t come soon enough for Rolling Fork.
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