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Levee repairs continue in Lake City

It's been nearly five months since the floodwaters nearly closed a section of Highway 18 in Lake City.

But you can still see the high water mark where the St Francis broke and receded.

City officials are pleased with the way the workers are preparing for the next big flood.

"The people in town ought to be very proud and very happy of the levee board and all the work they do to the levees, cleaning them up. Because there's no place for a tree to fall over. All the trees are off of it for any erosion. And the levees held through the water. And yea, we're very pleased with how they held up."

Lake City officials feel that the last flood went smoothly and are prepared for future battles with the St. Francis River.

They still have around twelve hundred sandbags ready to go with emergency plans in place.

"We're also working on the interior infrastructure on the ditches. The conservation office in Jonesboro's been out. They've got a city map. We've looked at all these ditches and all the tiles. If the ditches need to be dug with this water in town, which is seep water. When that happens, when the river comes up, we'll get it out of town."

Milligan expects Lake City to be rezoned in the next few days, but no changes are expected.

the city will remain out of the flood plain, and residents will not be required to purchase flood insurance.

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