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Collapsed pipe may have caused flooding in Hattiesburg

A car sits stalled in floodwaters on McCall Street Thursday afternoon. A car sits stalled in floodwaters on McCall Street Thursday afternoon.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Hattiesburg city officials are investigating whether it was the collapse of a drainage pipe during a heavy rainfall that caused serious street flooding in the Irene Chapel Community late Thursday afternoon. City crews were busy trying to determine why water backed up in the McCall and Collins Street areas.

Residents said there was two or three feet of standing water for a short while.

City officials said two homes had water damage and at least one car stalled in the floodwaters.

"(The water) came up pretty quick," said Tommy Goff, a McCall Street resident.

"Some construction in the area has been done over the last few years, that may have caused some of this," said John Brown, interim director of public works for the City of Hattiesburg. "This is kind of unusual for us, but we are going to aggressively pursue it," he said.

Brown said more than two inches of rain fell in one hour in the area Thursday afternoon.

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