Rains damage roads in Carroll County

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Heavy rains over the past weekend caused potholes and other damage in Carroll County. County Judge Sam Barr said Monday the full extent of the damage will take a few days to determine.
Photo by David Bell/Carroll County News

Heavy rains over the past weekend caused some damage to local roads, Carroll County Judge Sam Barr said Monday. Exactly how much damage may take a few days to determine.

“The water’s just now receding enough that we can get out and look at it,” Barr said. “It’s really too soon yet to understand how much damage there is.”

Several inches of rain fell throughout Carroll County on Friday and Saturday, prompting reports of flooding on Highway 23 north of Eureka Springs. The Kings River rose significantly as did creeks throughout the county.

Barr said county trucks were dispatched to several locations on Monday to repair potholes and other damage caused by the excess water.

“It’s caused some potholes and caused some ditches and slabs to wash out,” Barr said.

Although it’s too early to tell, Barr said the damage could impact the county’s budget. He’s hopeful for federal disaster declaration that would make the county eligible for reimbursement of up to 75 percent from the federal government.

In the past, Barr said, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management has covered another 12.5 percent of the cost when a federal disaster is declared, but he said ADEM recently notified the county that it would no longer do so.

Regardless, Barr said the county will mend the damage and make whatever budget adjustments are necessary.

“We’ll get it fixed and keep moving,” he said.

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