Jonesboro keeps flooding from being an issue

Jonesboro keeps flooding from being an issue

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - On Wednesday Brookland saw two to three inches of rain in some areas in a very short period of time, which led to some flash flooding issues.

The flooding caused issues with water coming up to residences and flooding roadways, but what if that kind of flooding occurred in a more populated area, like downtown Jonesboro?

When smaller ditches fill up with debris during a strong thunderstorm with heavy rain it can cause blockage and give flooding issues.

Jonesboro E-911 Director Jeff Presley said there are some parts around downtown more prone to flooding than others.

"West Washington around the 400-block and on the Monroe Street side we have some low lying areas there that will flood if we have a big rain, the good part about it," Presley said.

Presley said street crews are out clearing ditches almost daily and clearing out storm drains to keep this from being an issue in order to allow heavy rainfall to clear quickly.

Presley said if flooding occurs they have rescue teams and equipment with the fire department that are prepared.

Finally, Presley said he encourages people to notify the city of areas they see flooding so they can go out and fix the problem.

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