TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) –The City of Trumann has received a sizable grant to help prevent flooding inone of its neighborhoods.
City leadersannounced Tuesday that the state had awarded them $789,430. The money willcover the cost of constructing a 16-acre detention pond near the Mulberry Drivearea.
The detention pondwill temporarily hold a set amount of water while slowly draining it to anotherlocation. That's welcomed news for neighbors like Herbert Maxwell, who havecome to expect flooding near their homes after a heavy rainfall.
"The highway wouldfill up with water and then it'd back up into our yards," recalls Maxwell, whohas lived on Rosewood Drive in Trumann for 49 years.
"Our kids used itfor boat riding around two streets," he said, "so it got pretty deep down on myend down here."
Water has neverrisen high enough to enter his home, but his neighbors down the street onMulberry would rather not relive previous flooding incidents.
"Some of them movedout. Some of them sold their houses, what could," he said, "and some of themhad to replace sheet rock up to two to three feet high inside their householdsbecause of water in it."
The City of Trumannsays the detention pond will offer them some relief, though the project haswallowed for years because of money issues. The city, however, can now affordit thanks to the disaster relief grant that it received recently from theArkansas Economic Development Commission.
"We were fortunateto be notified that we are receiving funding," said Barbara Lewallen, who hashelped oversee the grant process. "That's one of our big announcements todaythat we're just really thrilled about. We think it's going to be a big help forour city. Infrastructure is so important."
Lewallen shared thenews about the detention pond grant Tuesday at a luncheon. The guests allhelped bring the project to this point.
Trumann MayorSheila Walters plans to open bids next week to get the project started as soonas possible, and resident Herbert Maxwell commends her for that.
"I'm proud to seeour city council and our mayor get behind this thing," said Maxwell, a formeralderman. "We worked on this a number of years ago and never did anythinghappen, so I'm glad to see them get behind it and get pushing it because wedearly need it."
The City of Trumannhas also received an additional grant totaling $82,500. The money will helpbuild an adult education center in town.
The city has nowraised half the amount that it needs to construct the workforce trainingfacility.