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8/22/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  DRA Press Office, 501-912-5722

DRA Investment will rebuild sewer infrastructure in wake of devastating flood levels

Chairman Masingill: “Improving and upgrading wastewater infrastructure for public safety is key to economic growth.”

CLARENDON, AR – Businesses and residents in Clarendon and the surrounding area will receive a major investment in resources– targeting the rehabilitation of the sewer treatment system and supporting infrastructure – Delta Regional Authority Chairman Chris Masingill announced today.

The City of Clarendon continues to suffer the effects of a devastating flooding of the White River in 2011. Due to the flooding, a portion of the sewer line in the town has collapsed causing the above road to sink. The City subsequently had to block off the road, restricting access to three local businesses. The Delta Regional Authority was notified by Governor Beebe’s office that emergency funding was needed, and the project was approved by the DRA in April.  The Authority will contribute $107,000 in total investment for the rehabilitation of the collapsed sewer line and above street.

This investment will:

• Repair the collapsed sewer line; and
• Repair the street face associated with the sewer system.

“Improving and upgrading wastewater infrastructure for our residents and businesses is critical to the public safety of our people and key to economic growth,” Chairman Chris Masingill said. “Rehabilitating our basic public infrastructure in the wake of disaster allows our communities to get back to work creating good paying jobs and growing the economy of the Delta region.”

“These repairs will not only benefit public safety, they’ll help shore up our local businesses,” Senator Mark Pryor said. “Modernizing and updating our infrastructure is a smart way we can reinvestment taxpayer dollars in our local communities and pave the way for future job creation and economic development throughout the Delta region.”

“This investment will help the citizens of Clarendon continue to get back on their feet following the terrible flood,” Senator John Boozman said. “I support funding for the Delta Regional Authority because I applaud DRA’s flexible ability to partner with Arkansas communities when serious needs occur, like this sewer collapse.”

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership that is congressionally mandated to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives in the 252 counties and parishes of the Delta. In the past twelve project cycles, the Authority created or retained nearly 17,000 jobs and leveraged $2.5 billion in other public and private investment.
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