The City Of Jonesboro Acquires More Land For Detention Ponds

Jonesboro, AR -- "The detention ponds are large enough that they require several acres to construct. They are several feet deep and can cover several acres. That gives us the storage we need to hold water and slow down the flows," said City Engineer, Kelly Panneck.

The acquisition of two more downtown Jonesboro properties, one home on Burke the other on Monroe, by the City of Jonesboro, will be a part of what will be the Monroe, Chesnut, and Burke detention pond.

"Monroe, Chesnut and Burke affects mainly the Christian Creek Watershed. It will reduce flow. It could alleviate flooding not only locally, but beyond that," said Panneck.

Jonesboro City Engineer Kelly Panneck says there will be ten detention ponds built.

The only detention pond currently under construction in Jonesboro is near Valley and Owens in Jonesboro.

Construction on other detention ponds is scheduled to begin next year.

Panneck says in all, 6 will be completed next year.

"The two properties that we're buying tonight (Tuesday) are just two more steps in the long process of acquiring property to help alleviate overall flooding throughout Jonesboro," said Panneck.