Poinsett County road repairs continue after flooding

Poinsett County road repairs continue after flooding
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

POINSETT COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Some areas in Poinsett County sustained extensive flooding after several inches of rain fell on April 29.

Crews with the Poinsett County Shop were out Thursday morning at 7 working to clean ditches that were clogged up from the flooding.

Two roads, in particular, that experienced a good amount of water were Evans Lane and Massengill Road in Harrisburg.

Those two roads are surrounded by fields and farmland.

According to Poinsett County Road Supervisor Alvis Lowery, the ground has been leveled for agriculture and ditches have been filled over decades.

Because of this, flooding in the area has caused complete washouts and debris has built up.

"All of the water runs off the fields really quick so, therefore that floods us," said Lowery. "Our roads are lower than some of the fields because of the land leveling that's been going on."

Residents also said that one of the main reasons this flooding happens is because people are throwing their trash in the ditches and causing them to clog.

Andrea Mavity, a Harrisburg resident, said that there is a better way to clean your yards if you are a property owner.

"Burn it in your own yard or haul it off, don't just throw it in the ditches," said Mavity. "Because once you put it in the ditches, it just floats on down, and even with people just throwing their trash out the window, it piles up so that's not good."

Lowery said they've been working to dig more ditches and clean the current ditches for about a week.

It costs the county around $500 per day in labor and equipment, and because there are still miles of ditches to fix, Lowery said it will take a couple of months for the work to be complete.

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