Jonesboro council to consider phase one of plan to minimize flood risk

Jonesboro council to consider phase one of plan to minimize flood risk
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The city of Jonesboro will continue to address flooding across town at a council meeting Tuesday.

In a Public Works Committee meeting, council members will discuss an ordinance that lays out a plan for minimizing flood risk in West and North Jonesboro.

Addressing flooding issues along Lost Creek, Christian Creek, Culberhouse Creek and nearby tributaries is phase one of a four phase project.

City Engineer Craig Light told Region 8 News that they are planning for a 100-year flooding event.

Phase one alone has a hefty price tag though.

"The estimated cost for construction is over 100 million dollars to implement the entire plan," Light said. "It would be done, obviously in phases."

Light said upon adoption of the plan, they will move forward with trying to get funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Light said over the last few years, the city implemented ditch maintenance programs to mitigate flooding.

"But that's really for the more frequent events," Light said. "For these big events, the 100-year events, the channels are just not sized large enough to handle that volume of water."

The mitigation plan includes widening channels and channel bottoms, and creating detention ponds.

"That's the problem right now," Light said. "When the channel is full, there's no place to put the water."

Light said the end goal is to remove areas of Jonesboro from the regulatory flood plain.

"That would reduce the requirement to have flood insurance," Light said. "It would stop the frequent flooding that occurs and even the large scale flooding."

However, Light said even if the entire plan was implemented, there would still be pocket areas of Jonesboro that saw flooding issues.

Tuesday, the Public Works Committee will also discuss an ordinance to kick off phase two of the flood survey.

Light said phase two focuses on Higginbottom Creek and Viney Slough.

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