Ark. City Needs Support for Flood Grant

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ASHDOWN, Ark (KTAL) – A door-to-door survey is underway in part of one Arkansas town to get federal help with flooding issues.

Ashdown Mayor James Sutton said, “The only way you can get a good street in Ashdown, or any city, is to get the water off of them.”  

Alderwoman Jill Turner said, “It’s really distressing when neighbors call you saying they can’t even get out of their home because of the floodwater all the way up to their front door.” 

City leaders said high water has been an issue for years.  

Turner said, “We’re hoping to get this grant to help pay for a culvert that will go the distance for Hagan Drive and to get the water out of the neighborhoods.”  

The city is in a constant battle against the buildup of debris and vegetation in ditches.  

Sutton said, “We found out that we could get the water off that side of town if we could keep that ditch clean.” 

To qualify for the federal grant, the city is required to survey every home in the area.  

Turner said, “She’s still out there working, and we’re gonna keep doing it until we get a hundred percent.”

A drainage project could also help pave the way for a new hotel in Ashdown.  

Sutton said a feasibility study is underway. He said, “They came up with three locations and all of them are in that area, out there by Walmart.”

The deadline for the grant is March 31.

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