4 year plan announced to address flooding in Jonesboro

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) "We're collecting data and we're analyzing that data and providing them with an assessment, a technical assessment, of their drainage patterns in Jonesboro," said Colonel Vernie L. Reichling, with the Army Corps of Engineers.

A four phase, holistic approach, all in an effort to help ease some of the flooding and drainage issues plaguing the city for years.

"There will be no turning of dirt, there will be no drainage pattern system put in place," said Col. Reichling.

Colonel Reichling says this will provide the city with a product, a plan, to take to the next level which is construction.

"We'll ask the mayor and his guys to go out and collect the data, we'll verify the data, then we'll put it in our processes and then analyze it," said Col. Reichling.

It will be a four year process to develop the comprehensive plan for long term operations, maintenance, and developing  better ways to manage storm water drainage.

"We're constantly working on this drainage issue," said Jonesboro Mayor, Harold Perrin.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says they will do this data collection in 4 phases starting with Big Creek and Tributaries located in North Jonesboro.

Part of that is Lost Creek which the mayor and corps officials looked at on Thursday.

"We're going to take our time and make sure we do it properly and I think that's what the citizens want us to do," said Perrin.

Perrin says once the planning is complete, the city will be responsible for finding ways to fund any physical changes.  Colonel Reichling expects to start the planning assistance in late winter or early spring.

"This is the kind of stuff the corps likes to have happen because it really will impact the folks of Jonesboro," said Col. Reichling.

Colonel Reichling says they have to look at this holistically and not start construction too quickly because if you change one drainage pattern, another one could react.

The 4 million dollar cost of this study will be split 50/50 between the corps and the city.  The city will use its own engineers to gather that data offsetting a lot of that cost.  Mayor Perrin says the city already has some of the equipment that will be needed.

Corps officials say phase 2 will be Viney Slough and tributaries. Some of the sub-basins to be studied are Viney Slough Tributary 10, Higginbottom Creek and other unnamed tributaries.   Phase 3 will be Little Bay Ditch and tributaries.   Some of the sub-basins to be studied are Whitemans Creek, Turtle Creek, Lateral No. 3, Butler Ditch, Murray Creek (Lateral 1), and Bridger Creek (Lateral 2).   Phase 4 will be the Valley View Area.   Some of the sub-basins to be studied are Main Ditch 1, Main Ditch 2, and Black Fork Creek.

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