October 22, 2003 - Posted at 7:45 a.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A legislative committee plans to study how to ease flooding on the Cache River.
The Army Corps of Engineers says the average annual damage from flooding near Grubbs, about 20 miles southwest of Jonesboro, is $2.8 million.
More than 90 percent of the damage is to crops along the Cache River.
A major reason for the flooding is a large blockage of timber, garbage, silt and other debris about a mile south of Grubbs, which causes the river to back up into fields. The jam has been growing for nearly 50 years.
The joint legislative audit Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee voted yesterday to study the problem, including working with the corps to determine if removing the blockage is feasible and how the project could be funded.