Baker: County roads, cleanup mark April efforts

I am proud to live in Faulkner County, Arkansas. We are in a new week and we are blessed that April floods don’t hit us very often. Our road department employees are spending many hours trying to keep the public safe and getting roads reopened. We had 12 roads that we had to close because of washed outs and undermining from 9 inches of rain in less than nine hours. By Wednesday afternoon all roads except for three were reopened. Those three are Bolin Hill Road (south of Guy), Blair Road (East of Greenbrier at Mill Creek), and Shock Road (in Mount Vernon).

 

I commend the road department employees for their quick response. If you know of a washed out or unsafe road in the county, please call 501-450-4930 or 501-450-4900. It is difficult for our crews to find every road in need of service. Your support is appreciated by all of us that work for Faulkner County.

Inspecting and assessing the damage of close to $1.5 million, we know it could have been a lot worse. We are thankful that no one was hurt in this disaster. There was one fresh water rescue by the emergency squad that prevented a casualty along Cadron Creek. Their response and training is really appreciated today. We know of at least 180 homes that had damage from high water and placed hardships on the families involved. Neighbors helping neighbors is on display better in Faulkner County than anywhere I have seen.

Last month we conducted a countywide clean up in memory of Stanley Russ. On the third weekend in April we placed dumpsters around part of the county for the public to use. This helped a lot of folks. I know that at the road shop four dumpsters were filled and three e-waste trailers were stacked full. The road department cleaned up five illegal dump sites and three trailer loads of used tires. Many clubs and individuals picked up trash on roads and areas around the county. Some county employees gave up part of the “Good Friday” holiday to pick up litter on three county roads. The State Highway Department furnished the trash bags to help this cause.

I want to thank all that made the April clean up in Faulkner County a great success. I have been told by many that we have not seen our county as clean as it is today. Then the heavy rains helped to get rid of areas we did not get to.

We all take pride in what we have and the area we live in. We hope that people will take notice of the efforts made, and it can continue not just annually but ongoing. Please remember that the month of May is Community Action month. “Helping people, changing lives!” We appreciate your cooperation!

 

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