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$32 million for fixing flood and drainage issues in Pine Bluff

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Pine Bluff, Arkansas – The city of Pine Bluff is receiving $32 million from the United States Department of Agriculture to invest in infrastructure.

One of the many streets in Pine Bluff that gets flooded is Hazel Street.

According to Neighbors, damage happens very often when it rains hard.

For over 20 years Traci Walker has lived in the area and says “it floods to the point where we have cars stuck.” Walker is happy to know funds are coming to the city to fix the problem.

The grant is coming from the 96 million dollars given to the state from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for watershed projects.

According to State Representative, Vivian Flowers, along with the flooding, drainage issues are a separate problem. “We had a flash flood, and I was driving down the street and I had to take some curves because I would see other cars going through the water.”

According to Flowers, this will create economic growth in Pine Bluff when the flooding and drainage problems are fixed in the future.

The project has been approved by the Biden administration and is making strides to get started, Flowers said. Representative Flowers expects the project to be complete or close to it in the next 3-to-4-years.

 

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