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Mother Nature May Strike Again in Benton County

BENTON COUNTY, AR -- After the amount of flooding Benton County has already experienced this year, wet weather moving into the area has crews on standby.
BENTON COUNTY, AR -- After the amount of flooding Benton County has already experienced this year, wet weather moving into the area has crews on standby.

"We've got all the superintendents and the foreman available to answer their phone tonight, so if it goes off they better answer... We have sand and gravel stockpiled, we got truck drivers ready to go," said Benton County Judge Bob Clinard.

Heavy summer rains sent floodwater throughout the county. Caution tape can still be seen at Spanker Creek Bridge, a trouble spot that has not been permanently fixed.

"We had 200 sites that were damaged in the federal disaster... Those damaged sites that we temporarily repaired are the most likely candidates for any further damage due to another rainstorm."

Even though county dollars have already been spent to patch the problem, Judge Clinard knows more rain means more money.

"If it damages the site again, then we'll have to re-estimate that temporary repairs that we did, so we'll be right back in the same cycle."

The Benton County Road Department went through a storm of it's own, losing several supervisors. But Clinard believes his crew is back on track.

"We have a new administrator and a new director, so two of the four positions have been filled... I'm really positive that we've made the right decision on the management and I'm getting great feedback from the men and women that work in the road department."

So now, they are just waiting on the weather.

"We just hope we don't have much damage, but it doesn't look too good looking at the radar right now."





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