Clarendon receives $107,000 for sewer improvements


CLARENDON — The eastern Arkansas town of Clarendon will receive $107,000 from the Delta Regional Authority to help pay for sewer repairs that have plagued the city since flooding in 2011, the organization announced Thursday.

The money will be used to repair a collapsed sewer line under the intersection of 2nd and Midland streets. The road collapsed during the flooding and has been blocked off to traffic, Clarendon Mayor Jim Stinson III said.

“This is our main sewer line that leads out of town to the sewer pond,” Stinson said.

Heavy rains caused the White River to overflow its banks in April and May 2011, flooding a number of cities in southern Missouri and eastern Arkansas, including Clarendon, which is located in Monroe County. The high waters even temporarily closed the eastbound of Interstate 40, where it crosses the White River.

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership that is mandated by Congress to help create jobs, build communities and improve lives in the 252 counties and parishes of the Delta, DRA Chairman Chris Masingill said in a news release.