Levee board speaks out regarding Jackson County levee

Levee board speaks out regarding Jackson County levee
Tarp laid over the eroded levee (Source: Jackson County Judge Jeff Phillips)

JACKSON COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -Jackson County officials continue to keep their eyes glued to a levee along the White River as more rain is expected in the forecast this week.

According to County Judge Jeff Phillips, a helicopter will come in Wednesday and place more sandbags along the levee.

Eroding waters along the levee exposed spots that need additional sandbags to hold off the river current.

Meanwhile, residents in Grubbs continue to deal with backup from the Cache River.

According to Judge Phillips, the Arkansas Department of Correction will help fill more sandbags along the area Wednesday morning.

Joe Dupree, a member of the levee board in Jackson County, also spoke to Region 8 News Tuesday.

Dupree said the board did use over $100,000 in 2017 to build an additional extension onto the current levee.

He said the board has attempted for years to receive federal funding but has been unsuccessful.

“Our board has attempted for years to secure federal funding for a permanent long term solution to the bank erosion issue,” Dupree said. “This funding was approved and before the repairs could be done by the Memphis and Little Rock COE offices, the funds were diverted to another project(s).”

With recent flooding on major river systems in recent years, Dupree said it’s an even bigger burden competing for federal money.

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