Residents want drivers to stay off levee

Residents Want Drivers Off Levee
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

ST. FRANCIS, AR (KAIT) - Some residents in St. Francis are upset about people driving along the levee.

Neighbors with land near the levee in Clay County told Region 8 News since the Corps of Engineers leveled the levee, people continue to drive over it.

Kenneth Barr said he has even seen ATV's go over the levee at high speeds.

County Judge Gary Howell said he has received a few complaints from residents wanting gates or signs installed to keep people off.

Howell said the county is only allowed to maintain the area, and since the levee is technically a portion of private property they don't have control to add signs.

If landowners put in gates, they would have to make sure the county had keys to the gate so they could maintain the area.

Residents are mainly worried about accidents that could occur and their property being ruined.

"Everyone is using it as a speedway," Barr said. "That is what we see, and our concern is that somebody is going to get hurt. If it is on our property, we don't want to be held liable."

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