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Arkansas governor urges grant program, other plans to aid state's levees


Governor says recommendations would be lasting


By Emily Walkenhorst
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Arkansas lawmakers should consider starting a grant program for improving the state's levees, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday.

That's one of the most important recommendations in the state's levee task force report recently presented to him, he said.

The condition of the state's levees -- some good, some poor; some overseen, some neglected -- prompted discussions over the summer about the need for change. It wasn't the first or even the second time in the past 15 years in which poor levee conditions led to such discussions, but the report submitted to Hutchinson represents the most robust report and plan of action during that time.

"I believe this is one of the good things that came out of the terrible circumstance of the 2019 floods," Hutchinson said. READ MORE.

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