City works on low water bridges and drainage ditches

City works on low water bridges and drainage ditches

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - The city of Pocahontas is working to address flooding issues in part of the town.

The effort is part of the city's plan to improve their infrastructure.

"The street foreman brought to my attention that we had some flooding issues, down here, with our bridges and our ditches," said Mayor Kary Story.  "They went to work on devising a plan on how we were going to build these bridges."

Story said several bridges in town will be getting a face-lift and one is already complete.

It took the city's street department about a week and a half to complete the first bridge.

Story said the age of the bridges is a factor in why they must be replaced.

"The diameter of tile that was used to build the bridges was not large enough to carry the capacity that we see coming through here," he said.  "Everything through town just about flows to this one drainage ditch from all of our subdivisions, so it has to have a bigger tile to handle the load."

According to Ben Wicker, the city's street foreman, those living in the area are thrilled with the improvement.

"They have good thoughts about it, they want to see these others replaced too," said Wicker.

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