Delta Regional Authority provides $23,000 in emergency funds to help restore Higginson after tornado

April 24, 2017

HIGGINSON, AR. – The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) has provided $23,625 in emergency funding to cover the city of Higginson’s losses after a Feb. 28 tornado that hit the city. One uninsured building at the city’s sewer plant was destroyed along with a sewer pump and other facilities.

“The Delta Regional Authority continues to show dedication to improving the quality of life in the Arkansas Delta,” said Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.  “I am pleased that the DRA has stepped up to the plate to repair the critical infrastructure in Higginson, Arkansas, that was damaged by February’s storm. The DRA’s continuous investments are crucial to the success of Higginson and the Delta region. Our state is proud to have such a dedicated partner.”

Repairs will be made to the sewer facility, post and electrical panels, a new security fence and trash pump. Costs associated with storm debris removal and disposal are also included in the DRA investment.

“Our city and residents are grateful for the quick action taken by DRA to provide this investment,” said Higginson Mayor Randall Homsley. “This investment means we can quickly build a fully functional sewer system to serve our residents and businesses.”

One of DRA’s main goals is to help communities rebuild quickly to recover from disasters. “Partnerships with communities like Higginson are at the heart of DRA’s work – reacting quickly to help communities rebuild and recover from unexpected disasters,” DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill said. “This investment also demonstrates our goal of investing in basic infrastructure improvements across the Delta that support our residents and our businesses in their recovery efforts.”


About the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. To date, the DRA’s SEDAP investments, together with its state and local partners, have leveraged federal resources into nearly $3.5 billion in public and private investment for local small business owners, entrepreneurs, workforce improvement, and infrastructure development projects. DRA investments have helped to create and retain more than 37,000 jobs, train more than 7,300 workers for 21st Century jobs, and deliver water and sewer improvements to more than 66,000 residents. Learn more at dra.gov.

###

Media Contact:
Andrew Moreau
202-744-3558
amoreau@dra.gov