Special Meeting Called To Address Russellville Flooding, Drainage Problems

 
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. - Last month a storm dropped heavy rain in the river valley. It caused homes and businesses in Russellville to flood. 
 
This isn't the first time there has been issues with flash flooding in the city. It did, however, spark a conversation that some are hoping will cause it to get fixed. 
 
A popular Russellville restaurant, Feltner's Whatta-Burger, is where just about everyone lines up for a good meal. 
 
The lunch rush is much more preferred to manager Jacob Coffman than the rush of water that flowed into the restaurant in mid-August. 
 
"Once the water gets up in the parking lot it's just a matter of minutes and it's up next to the door," said Coffman. 
 
He says that morning he got a call at 5:00 a.m. to check things out. "I had to climb through the window to get into the store." 
 
However, this isn't the first time he's had water woes. 
 
"Every time it rains it starts building up out here in this intersection and it starts coming up," said Coffman. 
 
The flooding and drainage problems are why Russellville city council-member Mark Tripp called for a special meeting. 
 
"I believe that we need to make sure the resident's concerns are heard," said Tripp. 
 
He says the state, the city, and the community need to come up with a plan to ease the flash flooding. 
 
"One thing I hope to come out of this meeting is that the city can initiate a table discussion with all the parties involved," said Tripp. 
 
Coffman says he's going to attend the meeting because he can't afford to have flash flooding slow down his restaurant. 
 
"I just hope to work with everyone and find out a solution that works for everyone," said Coffman. 
 
The council members hope this sparks more meeting until the drainage problems are fixed. 

 


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