Detention pond will help stop flooding

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Ward meetings held earlier this year brought out comments and complaints from residents.  One of the main complaints from citizens is flooding in the city.  Back in 2005 twelve areas were identified by the city council as areas that are "hot spots" for flooding.  For the past five years detention ponds have been put into some of those areas.

The area around Stone Street and Nettleton Avenue is just one of several areas in the city that floods when there is a heavy rain.  The hope is, with this pond, water will not rise again.

"I'm glad to see this pond go in I hope it fixes the problem," said Floyd Vuncannon.

Vuncannon owns a building at the corner of Stone Street and Nettleton Avenue.

"The water will come in the back door when there is a big rain.  It happens more than once a year.  It happens several times a year when we have flash floods," said Vuncannon.

The detention pond is located next to a substation for City Water and Light.  A partnership between the company and the city is making the pond possible.

"City Water and Light is paying some of the costs and also gave us a permanent easement next to a substation so we could have this detention pond put in very quickly," said Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin.

City Water and Light gave the city about 30 feet of their property.  The city also struck a deal with the owner of the adjacent property by agreeing to pay $10,000 in back taxes.  City Water and Light has agreed to reimburse the city the $10,000 and pay part of the construction costs.

"The card shop in the end there has to keep pallets down in the floor to keep his stuff up off the floor," said Vuncannon.

Jake Rice with City Water and Light said this partnership is great for CW&L and for the city.  It will help alleviate flooding problems they have at the substation and gives them an opportunity to help out citizens.

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