Cleanup of Downtown Harrison Lake to Cost $365,000

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HARRISON, Ark. — The lake is draining in downtown Harrison for a bit of a makeover.

Around 40,000 cubic yards of waste and other materials are expected to be cleaned out and it won’t come cheap.

The estimated cost is $365,000.

The city’s director of public works explained why this is happening for the third time.

“We’ve got a weir on Crooked Creek and we call it Lake Harrison,” Wade Phillips, Harrison director of public works, said. “The original intent, when the Corps of Engineers put this project in, was to serve as a small flood-control project.  So when it fills up, we lose the volume that it provides for water storage. As a result of the floods we had back in the early part of the year, we’ve got quite a bit of sediment, and gravel.  And trees and trash have washed into the area.

“Periodically, after these type of floods, we’ve got to drain the water out and clean it out. We did this back in 2011.  We pulled a lot of trash out then.  It’s just, when you have a lot of flooding, it brings a lot of debris in, and a lot of trash. We do need to let it dry out.  Once we get the water level down to as low as it’s going to go we also need to survey the whole area in order to create a surface profile.

“And then once it’s cleaned out, we will survey it again, and that’s how we will know how much to pay the contractor that’s doing the work for us.  It’s a unit-price contract by the cubic yard that’s removed. The community really likes it down here.  We get a lot of people walking, jogging, riding their bikes.  Just spending time in the park.  It’s a nice setting.

“This summer, it’s been a little bit of an eyesore with the gravel bars and sediment and trash that’s been in the lake so, it will be nice next spring to have it cleaned out and looking a lot better than it did this summer.”

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