Jonesboro Drainage Holds Up After Weekend Rainfall

JANUARY 14, 2007 -- POSTED AT 10:30 P.M. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- Although the City of Jonesboro has a reputation for it's lack of drainage, this weekend's rainfall really didn't seem to cause much flooding.

Alderman Darrel Dover has been working with the city's drainage problem since he took office four years ago but this city issue is one that hits home. Dover lives on Nettleton, across from Kitchen Street and he says at times, he's had water come inside his home from the flooding.

"It creates all kinds of problems. You replace carpets, you worry about all kinds of things. It gets into the walls and so forth and we're not the only home that's got that problem," says Dover.

The city has several drainage hot spots that flood, such as Kitchen Street and Valley Drive. These two locations are already in the works to be fixed. A detention pond is about to be built on Valley Drive, hopefully alleviating flooding some homeowners have dealt with for years.

"A lot of our situations occur when we have a large amount of rain in a short period of time, but then we have other situations where a long steady rain creates some problems too," says Dover.

Dover says there are 12 drainage projects on the council's list right now, most of which he says should be complete by the end of the year.

"We've cleaned out the major ditches once and we're in the process of doing that again. We've purchased a lot of equipment for our street department to be able to get in there and clean those ditches ourselves. It's a cooperative effort between us and the citizens," says Dover.

It's an effort that Dover says is headed in the right direction if everyone does their part.

Most importantly, Dover added citizens need to call and let the city know if you have a drainage problem, saying it makes it much harder to fix a problem if they don't know it exist.