Elba Drainage Improvement Plan Nearly Complete

Work is nearly complete on an $800,000 drainage improvement project in Elba.

The work includes clearing underbrush and debris in the Beaver Creek flood plain.

Mayor James Grimes says the project should give residents added comfort that "high water" will never again flood the downtown district.

During the '90s, Elba survived three devastating floods which claimed lives and resulted in tens-of-millions of dollars in property damage.

"We think it'll help in heavy rains we'll be able to store more water before allowing it to go over the levee," said Mayor Grimes.

The Beaver Creek clearing project is paid through surplus money from the $9 million levee restoration project that was completed last year.

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