- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GARLAND CITY, Ark. (AP) - A Texarkana engineer said alligators are causing sewer pond levees to erode in a southwestern Arkansas city.

Engineer A.L. Franks suggested to the Garland City Council that it apply for a $450,000 federal grant to repair two sewer pond levees and remove lily pads, the Texarkana Gazette reported (https://bit.ly/1qhxaKE ).

The sewer pond levees are along the Red River. The council unanimously voted Monday to allow Franks to apply for the grant.

Franks said the levees are in bad shape and need to be repaired. He said the barriers have narrowed by 50 percent because alligators are crawling across them, helping break the dirt.

“The alligators will slide across the levee going down, and it creates a washout,” he said.



Franks said a fabric cover could be placed over the levees to deter the alligators from going across them.

The fence along the sewer ponds has been torn down and pump motors also need repairs, he said.

One sewer pond is covered in lily pads, and the other pond is about two-thirds covered. Franks said the lily pads are causing the flow of the sewer ponds to be clogged.

Franks said he will coordinate a grant application with Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development District. He said the city should be able to qualify for the grants, because of the low- to moderate-income level of its residents.

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Information from: Texarkana Gazette, https://www.texarkanagazette.com

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