Recent flooding has been blamed for damages caused to multiple roadways throughout Clark County.

Recent flooding has been blamed for damages caused to multiple roadways throughout Clark County.
Judge Troy Tucker showed a plethora of photos to members of the Clark County Quorum Court during their monthly meeting Monday citing some of the mayhem throughout the county.
Areas near DeGray Road, Witherspoon Road, near Alpine and along Highway 26 west of Arkadelphia were among some of the locations shown during the slideshow. The photos revealed flooding and washed out roads and culverts.
Justice Galen White asked Tucker if the damages were enough to allow the county to receive disaster relief.
“We hope,” said Tucker, who added the amount must of damages must total to at least $85,000 in order to qualify for disaster relief.
According to Tucker, the process to receiving disaster relief begins when a county judge verbally declares a disaster. The amount of damage for Clark County, which Tucker cited as $85,000, is based on population.
“This will only be a state disaster, therefore we will only get thirty-five percent of whatever the actual cost of what we incur,” Tucker explained.
According to Tucker, the verbal declaration was followed by a written declaration.
“I spoke with ADEM (Arkansas Department of Emergency Management), the governor has accepted the declaration, but that does not necessarily mean we will receive any funds at this point,” Tucker said.
For now, the county is doing an estimate of what it will likely cost to make the necessary repairs.
“We have to get to the $85,000 threshold before they will pay us any funds at all,” said Tucker.
The flooding caused damages to the the City of Amity’s water system and to the electrical system at the Arkadelphia Municipal Airport.
Because Tucker declared the disaster on behalf of the county, the damages to the city of Amity’s water system and the Arkadelphia Municipal Airport can be tallied in with the $85,000 total.
“Hopefully we will meet our $85,000 threshold. If it is $100,000, we are going to get $35,000,” said Tucker.
“It doesn’t seem like a whole lot of money, but $35,000 will go a long way when we start buying gravel to go on these roads. I felt like it was worth it to do the paperwork to try to get that accomplished,” he added.
Tucker commended the county’s road department for their hard work in getting the roads repaired.
“They worked extended hours to try to get everything caught up,” Tucker said.
Other items addressed:
• Justices approved a final cleanup ordinance for 2017. According to Justice Tom Calhoon, the ordinance will address the remaining appropriated and unappropriated funds from the county’s 2017 budget.
• A resolution authorizing Tucker to enter into a revised contract of obligation with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality was approved.
• An ordinance to abolish a Clark County Fund pertaining to the Okolona School District passed its first reading.
• Three separate ordinances that would authorize Tucker to allow claims for the purchase of necessary items from individuals employed by the county were approved.
Justice Albert Neal noted that in the past, deals have been conducted between county department heads/elected officials and county employees without the knowledge or permission of the Quorum Court.
According to Tucker, the purpose of the ordinances was to keep members of the Quorum Court abreast of the such deals and transactions.
“Any time the county does business of any kind with an employee of the county then we have to have an ordinance in place,” Tucker explained.