Pine Bluff to Host Community Forum on City’s $32 Million Flood Mitigation Grant – Deltaplex News
In April 2022, the City of Pine Bluff became one of several municipalities represented on the Arkansas Black Mayors Association to receive notice of a flood mitigation grant award from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, funded by the Biden-Harris administration’s bipartisan infrastructure act.
Through this grant, the City will receive $32 million to improve our local drainage system.
The overall project will be carried out in phases. In the first phase, this funding will allow the City to carry out a technical assessment of the current system.
An action plan detailing the work needed to improve the system and reduce flooding in the city will be compiled once the assessment is complete.
During the second phase, the City will then obtain additional funds to carry out the work described in this plan.
Public participation is crucial throughout project implementation.
Therefore, on July 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Town of Pine Bluff will host a Community Forum on Drainage and Flooding for the public to learn about this funding and ask questions.
The public will also be given time to recommend areas requiring flood relief, which will be provided to the Technical Assessment Team for review and advice. The forum will take place at the Pine Bluff Convention Center, located at One Convention Drive.
Heavy rains that cause flooding are a growing concern for communities across America as annual precipitation rates steadily increase. Quality infrastructure is one of the greatest defenses against the economic, environmental, and security challenges that can arise from this increased rainfall.
Therefore, this funding is a major step in saving Pine Bluff, helping to develop a 21st century drainage system designed for the City’s current and future needs.