Log jam project complete in Jackson County

GRUBBS, AR (KAIT)- The effort to clear the Cache River logjam has been decades in the making but on Saturday Jackson County officials finally celebrated the completion of the project.

Grubb residents said although it's been a long road, they finally have a peace of mind.

"I guess I was naive enough to believe we could actually get it done," said Congressman Rick Crawford.

Crawford were among several other political leaders who attended Saturday's event.

"I'm just really proud of the effort everybody put forth," he said.

The project was years in the making. Jackson County Judge Jeff Phillips said no one thought it could get done.

"It took years, years of hard work from a lot of different organizations and a lot of different people," Phillips said

He said the Cache River and Willow Slough Drainage districts have been working on this project for years and now Jackson County resident will no longer have to worry when it rains.

"This was blocking the water and holding it and it would stay here for months," Phillips said. "It would drown crops out and everything else so this is very important."

Governor Beebe was also instrumental in getting this project complete.

"Since the governor is from here he knew what was going on and helped us with a $150,000 dollar match grant," Phillips explained.

Phillips said they realized they were still $42,000 dollars short. He then reached out to the director of the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission.

"They gave us the rest of the money and that's why the project got completed," he said.

Phillips said it's been a long time coming but he is proud of everyone's hard work.

"People kept telling me you'll never get it done, you'll never get it done, well it's because we all worked together," he said. "We've got a lot of work still to do and we look forward to working together with everyone.

The Jackson County community celebrated with a fish fry at the Grubbs community center.

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