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Planning Commission Approves Twin Forks Rising Project

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Hattiesburg Planning Commission makes changes to a plan created to revitalize Ward 2.

Ward 2 Councilwoman Deborah Delgado says the Twin Forks Rising Project has been in the works for several years.

"We've come a long way and I'm so excited that we've got to this point and I think we have a good plan," she said.

The Planning Commission voted unanimously Monday to put the plan in motion. Degaldo says this project will completely revamp Ward 2.

"It's going to be game changing," she said. 

Ward 2 has dealt with major flooding issues, this plan will help eliminate that.

"Ward 2 faces special challenges because we have two rivers that run along our eastern and northern edges," she said.

"It was our challenge to find solutions to make a positive impact based on their perceptions," said Christopher Baker, director of planning for Thompson Engineering. 

To fix the flooding problems, they plan on changing the infrastructure.

"We will pull the flood lines back towards the Bouie and Leaf Rivers.

Developers say this will create a better quality of life for those who live in that area.

"The concerns and issues were all identified by the residents," Baker said. "They want to have a good safe place to live in an environment for their children to have a better life than they did."

Delgado says the project will cost more than $100million dollars.

Developers say it will be several years before the new infrastructure is finished.

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