Lake to be created to alleviate flooding

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Residents in Independence County could take advantage of a new lake in the next few years, with its main purpose to help with flooding issues.

County Judge Robert Griffin said different county officials have been working on this project for about 30 years.

It took a big step forward this week when an agreement was signed by the Departee Creek Watershed Improvement District and the Natural Resource Conservation Service, saying the NRCS would help fund the $5.7 million project.

The money will be used to build a 180-acre lake to help alleviate flooding on crops and grazing land in the county.

"It's to keep flooding from occurring in a quick order," Griffin said. "It'll have a reserve pool for when the water level comes up in a heavy rain, it will help mediate some of the problems going downstream. So the first part of the project is snagging that is set to start later this year."

The county judge's office and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are also working together to make the lake a recreational area for residents.

"It will extend within about a mile of Union Hill Bridge that I have built since I've been in office," Griffin said. "The possibility of a development going in on that end is also a definite possibility so there's lots of good things to come."

Griffin did not give an expected date for the lake to be completed.

The hope is that farmers will no longer have to worry about yearly flooding.

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