City addresses historic flooding

Jonesboro flooding issues addressed

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The City of Jonesboro held a news conference Wednesday in regards to Tuesday's historic flooding event.

Mayor Harold Perrin talked about the severity of the event and discussed what steps must be taken to ease flooding in town.

According to the city, they received reports of flooded homes and buildings from nearly 20 streets and 14 major roads and intersections.

Realizing the impact in town, Mayor Perrin said he cleared his entire schedule Wednesday to meet with department heads and assess the damage.

Flood mitigation is something the city has been meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers about for years.

The first of four phases of that study was completed earlier this year.

The first study focuses on the west side of Jonesboro, an area that received a lot of water Tuesday.

That mitigation plan calls for two regional retention ponds in that area as well as widening and deepening channels to allow for more water to flow into the ponds.

However, Mayor Perrin said the plan comes with a hefty price tag.

"The estimated cost on all of that plus taking the tie-ins, the arterials to that, is a little over $102 million," Mayor Perrin said. "Now that's just for one section of this town. And so when you get all four of those you're looking at...there's no telling how many hundreds of millions of dollars."

Mayor Perrin said it will be hard to get that kind of money, but it does help that the city has had these studies done with the Corps of Engineers.

Mayor Perrin added that being able to show photos and videos of the extent of the flood should aid in their request for money.

Until then, there are just hopes that a major flooding event like what we saw Tuesday doesn't happen again anytime soon.

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