Cache River Flooding Problems to be Studied

October 9, 2005 -- Posted at 9:25 p.m. CDT

BONO -- Every spring the Cache River floods, destroying crops planted by farmers in Craighead, Greene, Poinsett, and Jackson counties. To help alleviate the problem, a new study will soon be conducted on how to best remove log jams that cause flooding.  Region 8 Farmer Cleo Watkins said, "It's devestation according on what months that we get the big rains whether you got bean crop or rice crop or your bean crop will be taken out quicker, your rice crop will stand some water.''  Mr. Watkins says the log jam has been accululating and getting bigger for the last 20 years.

Thanks to this study the problem may soon be fixed.  Craighead and Jackson counties, along with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission, and the Department of Arkansas Heritage will be conducting a study to decide how to remove the log jam blocking the river.

''Hopefully these studies will get the ball rolling, hopefully these studies will cause us to get money for the removal of the log jam to come into place and hopefully this problem will be resolved,'' said Craighead County Judge Dale Haas.  The study will start this spring-- the season when crops are planted and the flooding is at it's worst.