Flash flood jumpstarted city's drainage work

(Source: KAIT-TV)
(Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A massive flash flood that hit Jonesboro two years ago brought the need for drainage work to the top of the city's priority list.

Since then, the city has used $1.6 million and increased to about 70 miles of ditches in their annual maintenance program.

Clearing out and maintaining ditches ensures water flows properly and doesn't back up to cause severe flooding.

The city is continuing to work on minor drainage projects throughout the city and one larger project to stop flooding specifically downtown.

But, Director of Engineering Craig Light said it was that major flood that got it all started.

"It freed up some money to do some projects," Light said. "The administration and the council saw fit to give us some additional funding to do some work."

And that work isn't finished yet.

Light said they're hoping to add 40 more miles of ditches to the annual program in the coming years.

He said they're continuously looking for funding, and they hope to begin adding a few miles per year until all of the ditches are included.

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