SEMA is offering financial assistance to local drainage districts fighting to keep flooding off of Highway 65 in Carroll County. Click to hear KMZU’s Bob Allen talk with President of the Sugar Tree and Callaway Drainage Districts Wayne Smith:

Wayne Smith

Smith says a special meeting was held over the weekend to address concerns about the districts’ equipment. At the meeting, board members voted to run the pumps for a week to evaluate their effectiveness in combating the rising water. According to Smith, the State Emergency Management Agency has agreed to furnish 20,000 gallons of fuel to run pumps in order to keep water off of U.S. Highway 65 in southern Carroll County. The agency will also help cover maintenance costs on the pumps which may need to run for 50 to 60 days continuously. Even with pumping, Smith sees an extended period of flooding that may last through the fall.