City works to cleanup storm damage

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - The city of Walnut Ridge has been working to clean up the damage done in previous severe weather.

According to Mayor Charles Snapp, city employees were busy Friday working to get rid of the debris.

"We had some roofs blown off some buildings, some fences down, several trees uprooted," said Snapp.

He said the city received a burn permit from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to help get rid of the debris.

"We have so much debris there's no cost effective, feasible way to be able to get rid of it, other than burning it," he said.

The city is also working to get their drainage in the best shape before any more rainy weather.

"We passed an ordinance that they're going to have to permit ditch work and drainage work," he said.

He said the ordinance is in place particularly for those putting in culverts.

Snapp said some culverts in town were put in too high, which caused a drainage problem.

He said this new ordinance along with the cleanup should allow Walnut Ridge to be in the best shape should more severe weather hit.

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