LUMBERTON, MS (WDAM) - The City of Lumberton has been offered a $2.5 million federal grant that will allow the city to make needed repairs to the city's sewer line.
Only three other cities in the state were offered the grant. Lumberton officials are hoping to have water lines added to the terms of the contract by the end of the week.
“The scope of the work initially was just only for sewage, but water is our greatest problem right now,” said Mayor Ben Winston.
The city is required to come up with 25 percent of the funding up-front, and although the city has been under financial stress in recent months, Winston is confident everything will work out.
“This is something that really, we've been praying for and hopeful for and the Lord has blessed us with it,” Winston said. “This is one of the greatest announcements and the greatest opportunity we've had."
Winston said this is the best opportunity that he can remember since he became a resident of Lumberton.