Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Some good news for Dumas

Members of Arkansas Congressional Delegation
Announce $230,000 Grant for Dumas

Washington -U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor along with Representative Mike Ross (AR-04) announced Wednesday that the City of Dumas has been awarded a $230,000 grant through the Delta Regional Authority (DRA). The funds will help the city make needed sewer improvements to repair damage caused by the February tornadoes.

"In the aftermath of the storm, we promised the citizens of Dumas that we would look for ways that the federal government could help the community get back on its feet," Lincoln said. "I am pleased the Delta Regional Authority, which Congress created in 2000, has recognized this need and is able to offer this crucial assistance."

"Repairing the sewer system brings us a step closer to revitalizing the economic well-being of Desha County," Pryor said. "Investing in Dumas' infrastructure is pivotal to the city's recovery, and I commend the DRA's decision to help in this effort."

"After the devastating tornadoes that ravaged Southeast Arkansas in February, I pledged my support to help secure federal resources to assist with the cleanup and rebuilding efforts," Ross said. "The Delta Regional Authority has proved to be a vital resource to numerous Delta communities with their economic development needs, and this funding for Dumas is a prime example of how this federal entity can truly make a difference and help communities move forward."

The tornadoes caused a sewer back-up due to storm water infiltration affecting more than 120 homes and 49 businesses. By repairing the sewer system, homes and businesses can return to pre-storm conditions and begin revitalizing the economic health of the area.

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