The city of Paragould was hammered Tuesday afternoon with nearly six inches of rain in some areas of town.

The heavy rains caused water to briefly come over a levee in the east side of town.

The rain moved into Paragould around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and continued off and on until around 8 p.m.

By 10 p.m., the water began to recede, Paragould Mayor Josh Agee said.

About six inches of rain fell in the Sundale Circle area of town. Agee said the rain was too much for the town to handle at one time.

As for the levee, Agee said crews immediately went to work and put rip-rap rock in the affected area to catch the water.

The last time the area saw a levee breach was in December 1990, when water came over the levee.

Agee said there was also flooding on Fifth and Eighth Streets, where the area has flat ground.

The water dissipated after going into yards but did not go into houses, Agee said.

He said the city has bought a $250,000 excavator and a $150,000 truck and lo-boy to help with drainage problems.

The city, at one time, had a $40,000 drainage budget but Agee said he has asked for $300,000 in the budget while he has also spent $700,000 on drainage concerns.

The $700,000 includes the $400,000 for the excavator and truck, as well as $300,000 for contract work to clean out areas including Loggy Creek and the ditch near Cindy Street, Agee said.

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