July 21, 2006 - Posted at 5:15 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO, AR -- The Jonesboro Public Works Committee met in special session Friday to discuss drainage issues that have plagued the city for years. The city has spent more than $1 million dollars within the last 18 months on 19 drainage projects around town....but officials say it's just the beginning of the cleanup.
Even though Region 8 has seen record temperatures this summer, last week's rains in Jonesboro has prompted a continued debate on what to do about flooding in the city.
"We the staff and the city are tired of messing with them and I know the people who live around these drainage problems are tired of seeing these drainage problems, it's just time to get something done," said Mayor Doug Formon.
A top 10 list was drafted of hot spots in the city.
- Valley & Owens
- Nettleton & Kitchen
- Pines Apartments
- Farm Creek
- Fire Station #2
- Oak, Haltom & Kitchen
- Centre Grove Subdivision & Highland Drive
- 1700 Block of West Warner Ave.
- Monroe, Chestnut & Huntington
- Flemon Road and Highway 226
"We tried to list the ones that affect the most people. Like the Valley & Owens, that affects 19-20 houses and the Nettleton project is eight or nine houses and that's how we tried to rank it is by the number of people that it actually affected as far as damage and destruction," said Public Works Director Claude Martin.
City officials say progress shouldn't be that far off.
"To get the engineers under contract and started, that shouldn't take very long at all, 30 to 45 days," said Formon, "Then for them to get back with their plans...we want to start turning dirt and get this thing fixed before the rainy season comes in."
"It's not something that is going to happen overnight. This has been going on, at least developing for the last 25, 30 years and it's not going to be corrected in six months. But hopefully the ultimate goal will be to get most of it done," said Martin.