by Tyler Hale
Gathered in the Governor’s Conference Room at the State Capitol, state officials and members of the Arkansas Levee Task Force today formally presented the final report and recommendations on the state’s levee system.
Following record flooding in Arkansas in May and June 2019, Gov. Asa Hutchinson formed the Arkansas Levee Task Force to review the levee system. This review was prompted particularly by breaches in the levee system.
“Last May, Arkansas experienced historic flooding that put our levee system to the test and caused uncertainty for thousands of Arkansans living along the Arkansas River,” Hutchinson said in a statement. “I appreciate the many hours that this task force has dedicated to the effort of making our levees more reliable and giving Arkansans the utmost confidence that our levees will hold in the event of another catastrophic flood. These recommendations will be useful for our state, county officials, and local levee district boards as we seek to better protect the people who live along our waterways.”
The 26-member task force, working in cooperation with the Army Corps of Engineers and other organizations, compiled the final report and presented 17 recommendations for updating the levee system.
Some of the recommendations include consolidation of select levee districts and the creation of incentive-based grant funding.
Check back tomorrow for full analysis of the report.