July 8, 2005 - Posted at 7:00 p.m. CDT
Jonesboro, AR - The downtown
Fire Department Captain Eric Brown says as much as eight inches of water floods the living quarters when it rains. “Everything gets wet, and then we have to come in and clean it up,” says Brown.
For a long time, captain Brown and his men have come home after putting out a fire to deal with flooding at the firehouse. Fire Chief Aaron Keller says the station is old. “If we started remodeling what we have now, we’d put as much into it as a new one. So why not just build a new one?”
During a city council meeting Friday afternoon, city leaders discussed a new downtown fire station, and one council member suggested building it on the corner of Washington and Church. Renovations of other city buildings also topped the agenda.
A methane leak coming through the floor of the Public Works building is flammable, causing dangerous conditions for city workers. Mayor Doug Formon says, “the buildings are unsettled because of the ground. They’ve cracked inside. The foundations have, and through those cracks, the gas is coming up.”