White River Levee System Needs $1 Million in Repairs

FEBRUARY 14, 2007 - Posted at 7:21 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The president of the White River Levee District says removing trees that prompted federal officials to list the 40-mile levee system as at risk of failing will cost nearly $1 million.  And district president Danny Parchman says he doesn't know where that money will come from.

Parchman told a committee of the state Senate yesterday that he didn't know how a district that collects about $22,000 in taxes per year could pay for the urgently needed repairs.

The rural levee system is one of two in Arkansas at risk of being listed as inactive by the Army Corps of Engineers.  The listing would mean homeowners could be required to purchase flood insurance and the levee would not be eligible for federal support in the future.

The other system is Conway County Levee #8 along the Arkansas River near Atkins.

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